Juvenile System Tries not to Lock ’Em Up, Toss Key

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Dayton (Ohio) Daily News

Two Montgomery County judges are changing the philosophy of their juvenile justice system from one focused on incarceration to one that strives to identify the issues underlying the behavior problems of the youth who appear before them. At intake, youths are funneled through an intervention center that began a decade ago as simply a place where police could drop off “unruly youth.” The center now has a staff of 38, who determine the most effective support services to address each offender’s behavioral issues. Jan. 3, www.daytondailynews.com.