Community juvie jails/facilities
Posted in the Columbus Forum
#1 Nov 27, 2013
The head of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee says the announced closing of the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility is a mixed blessing.
Joanna E. Saul, executive director of the legislative prison watchdog agency, said the closing is a success because it means the Department of Youth Services RECLAIM program is working. RECLAIM, which diverts youth offenders to community facilitiesrather than sending them to more expensive and restrictive state prisons, triggeredthe closingof five juvenile prisons.The May 3 closing at Scioto also makes fiscal sense because thefacility has 247 staff and 38 inmates, Saul said.
But the May 3 closingwill have ripple effects,she said.Many staff memberswith seniority will "bump," i.e. displace,employees at other facilities, "necessitating adjustment to a new facility, a new group of coworkers, significantly longer commutes, and a loss of security in their job futures."
Saul, who hasin a short time become an astute observer of Ohio's adult and juvenile prisons, said that is "not a criticism of the decision, just an acknowledgement of the challenges that DYS faces and the impact on individuals."
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