Action, recommendations for Ohio youth prisons

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A task force has made a series of suggested recommendations to reduce sexual assaults of incarcerated youth in Ohio.

Concepts include random security checks, monitoring cameras and mandatory reporting and investigating of incidents in a coordinated fashion among youth prison, highway patrol and human services agencies.

The Department of Youth Services is already sending employees to Ohio's four juvenile detention facilities to talk with youth about their options for reporting assaults.

Earlier this year a U.S. Justice Department report put Ohio among states with the highest sexual-assault rates in its juvenile prison system.

Incarcerated young people responded anonymously to survey questions about unwanted sexual activity involving other inmates and facility employees.

Youth Services Director Harvey Reed said this week the agency is taking a comprehensive approach to making improvements.

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