Ohio, feds settle over youth prison seclusion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has settled with the federal government over efforts to limit solitary confinement used to discipline boys with mental health disorders throughout the state's juvenile prison system.

The Justice Department calls the practice rampant and sought an order to limit seclusion at four facilities, a request that adds to a 2008 lawsuit raising concerns about seclusion and inadequate mental health services in the system.

A proposed settlement filed in federal court in Columbus Tuesday includes a state plan to improve mental health services and reduce seclusion of youth with mental health issues.

Youth Services has said it secludes juveniles as a last resort and still offers treatment and programming in those cases.

The prisons house about 440 juveniles.

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