Judge ends most oversight of Ohio youth prisons


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ended most of the court-ordered monitoring of Ohio's youth prison system while ruling that oversight of mental health services and units for students with behavioral issues must continue.

Judge Algenon Marbley's decision on Friday brings to an end the ongoing review of numerous issues such as general education, use of force and dental services.

The ruling means that many of the problems identified first in a 2004 lawsuit and later in a 2008 court settlement have been addressed successfully.

Alphonse Gerhardstein (AL'-phahns GARE'-hard-steen), a Cincinnati lawyer representing juvenile inmates, says the ruling is a great measure of progress that has been made.

The Department of Youth Prisons was preparing a response to the late Friday ruling.

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