Ohio county moves 8 most violent prisoners to jail

CLEVELAND (AP) — A juvenile justice center in northeast Ohio has moved eight of its most violent prisoners to the county jail.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty says the prisoners were transferred following a judicial review. He said Tuesday that a ninth case is pending.

McGinty says moving them from the juvenile facility will make the center safer for employees and other minors detained there.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports (http://bit.ly/PpzD5T ) that threats and violence at the center has spiked since 2011. The newspaper says threats to staff jumped more than 300 percent, while physical assaults on residents increased by more than 230 percent.

McGinty says those transferred have already been bound over and will be tried as adults on felony charges. He says county jail is a more secure setting.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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