Ohio Government:

Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) – Ohio’s statewide juvenile justice agency.  DYS runs Ohio’s juvenile correctional facilities, maintains statistics on Ohio’s juvenile justice system, and issues monthly and annual reports on juvenile justice issues.

Ohio Department of Corrections (DRC) – Ohio’s statewide adult criminal justice agency.  DRC houses youth who are bound over – or transferred – to the adult criminal justice system before turning 18.

Ohio Office of the Public Defender (OPD) – A state agency that represents both youth and adults on appeals, including youth who have been bound over to adult court.  OPD also provides legal assistance to youth in DYS facilities.

Ohio Legislature – Ohio’s legislative body that considers laws and votes on laws, including laws affecting youth.

Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) – LSC is a non-partisan agency that assists legislators with writing bills.  LSC also creates legislative summaries for bills that are pending or that have passed the legislature.

Ohio Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC) – CIIC is a statewide legislative body that conducts inspections of DYS and DRC facilities.  CIIC issues reports on these inspections along with other research.

Federal Government:

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) – The federal agency dedicated to juvenile justice issues.  OJJDP is located within the United States Department of Justice and has many resources on juvenile justice issues.  In addition, OJJDP oversees the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which is the main federal juvenile justice legislation.