Feds Sue Ohio Juvenile Prison System

      COLUMBUS, OHIO (CN) – Federal prosecutors sued Gov. Ted Strickland and the Ohio Department of Youth Services, claiming widespread abuses in the state’s juvenile prisons.




     Prosecutors claim jailed minors are subjected to “unwarranted uses of force,” “unwarranted use of seclusion,” that there is an inadequate grievance system and inadequate investigation and processing of grievances, that they are denied medical care and evaluation, and denied disabilities services.
     Here are the defendants: Ted Strickland, Ohio Governor; Ohio Department of Youth Services; Thomas Stickrath, director, Ohio Youth Services; Thomas Teague, superintendent, Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility; Katie Needham, superintendent, Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility; Marci Sutherland, superintendent, Freedom Center; Beth Oprisch, acting superintendent, Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility; Dion Norman, superintendent, Marion Juvenile Correctional Facility; Larry Gongwer, acting superintendent, Mohican Juvenile Correctional Facility; Fred Nelson, superintendent, Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility; Chris Money, superintendent, Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility; and The State of Ohio.

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