ACLU: Bar juvenile court shackles if no hearing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A civil rights organization wants the Ohio Supreme Court to prohibit juvenile courts from shackling youths without first holding a hearing to determine if restraints are necessary.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed the request Monday asking for a ruling prohibiting Hamilton County Juvenile Court in Cincinnati from shackling youths in court without a hearing. The ACLU also asks that all Ohio juvenile courts be ordered to hold such hearings.

The filing says a 14-year-old girl charged with a non-violent drug offense in the Hamilton County court was forced to appear in full body shackles without a hearing to determine if restraints were necessary. The ACLU alleges that violated her constitutional rights to due process.

There was no answer to calls to the juvenile court offices Monday evening.

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