Proud to announce Lucas County Juvenile Court's inclusion as a positive example in the recent publication of "Beyond Bars: Keeping Young People Safe at Home and Out of Youth Prisons" by The National Collaboration for Youth.
As stated on the Annie E. Casey Foundation's blog, posted January 9, 2017:
New Guidelines Show How To Replace Youth Prisons With Community Services
"The report profiles two counties that are shifting funds towards community-based resources and services. The examples of Lucas County, Ohio and Tarrant County, Texas — home to Toledo and Fort Worth, respectively — are illustrative because they use different funding approaches to reach the same goal of reducing their youth incarceration and growing their community resources.
Deborah Hodges, Lucas County juvenile court administrator, acknowledges in the report that this takes hard work. “Detention and youth prison will always be the default,” she says. “So if we don’t have alternatives, and a full continuum even for our toughest kids, they are going to be locked up.”