COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newly released report says there’s limited information about what happens to the thousands of juveniles who end up in the Ohio justice system.
The report released by the Juvenile Justice Coalition of Ohio says few of the state’s 88 juvenile court systems keep comprehensive data on juveniles who pass through their doors. The nonprofit says fewer than half of the courts had a publicly available report on their cases.
State law calls on each court to prepare those reports annually and file them no later than June. The nonprofit is calling on the state to implement a comprehensive juvenile-justice data collection system for Ohio.
The report also found that spending on juvenile court systems varies widely from county to county, ranging last year from $116,000 to $45 million.