Publications

New Ohio Poll Results on Youth Justice Reform – In March 2021, the Youth First Initiative released the results of a national public opinion survey on juvenile justice reform. Use the following links to access the Ohio poll results and JJC’s statement.

Promise over Punishment – In January 2021, Policy Matters Ohio published a roadmap for policymakers to reduce reliance on youth incarceration and invest in community supports instead. Access the report and supplemental materials here.

Youth Incarceration Issue Brief – In December 2020, JJC released an issue brief entitled Youth Incarceration with the Ohio Children’s Budget Coalition. The brief contains juvenile justice recommendations for Governor Mike DeWine, his administration, the Ohio legislature, and state leaders to consider in the 2022-2023 budget biennium. Use the following links to access the brief and the rest of OCBC’s recommendations for a whole child budget agenda.

Data Snapshot of Youth Incarceration in Ohio – In May 2020, the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute released an analysis of youth incarceration in Ohio. Access the brief here.

Cuyahoga County’s Treatment of Children – In October 2019, ACLU of Ohio, Children’s Law Center, and JJC released a factsheet detailing the Cuyahoga court’s treatment of children. Access the factsheet here.

Youth Prisons Issue Brief – In February 2019, JJC released an issue brief entitled Youth Prisons with the Ohio Children’s Budget Coalition. The brief contained recommendations for juvenile justice investments as part of a holistic children’s agenda. Use the following links to access the brief and the rest of OCBC’s recommendations for the 2020-21 biennial state budget.

Juvenile Courts Data Collection Report – In June 2016, JJC released a report entitled Denied Existence:  The Untold Stories of 90,000 Cases in Ohio’s Juvenile Courts.  The report examined publicly available annual reports issued by Ohio’s juvenile courts, finding that the reports varied significantly between counties, making any comparison extremely difficult.  Use the following links to access the report, executive summary, and an accompanying infographic.

Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration Report – In October 2015, JJC released the Bring Youth Home report on Ohio’s deincarceration programs for other states to use as they create new or reevaluate existing deincarceration programs as well as to encourage continued innovation in Ohio.  Use the following links to read the report, an executive summary, and an accompanying infographic.

Peace Circles Fact Sheet – In 2015, the Summit County Juvenile Court’s Peace, Justice, and Equality Initiative and the JJC collaborated to develop a fact sheet on the Court’s peace circles, a restorative justice practice.  An updated fact sheet was developed for 2016.

OJJA Fact Sheets  – In March 2015, the Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance (OJJA) released 18 fact sheets and infographics on Ohio’s juvenile justice system.  The fact sheets provide a thorough look at juvenile justice issues in Ohio and include national research and best practices, along with Ohio data.

DYS FY16-17 Budget Cuts – In March 2015, the Ohio Department of Youth Services – the state agency that deals with juvenile justice issues – released its budget for fiscal years 2016-2017 (FY16-17) and called for over $32 million in reductions (described in more detail in this fact sheet).  JJC, along with almost 30 other individuals and organizations, signed a letter supporting the reinvestment of the proposed cuts.