Created on Friday, 21 June 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge says Ohio's youth prison system has met another benchmark for improvement as a long-running lawsuit against the agency continues to wind down.
Judge Algenon Marbley ruled Thursday that the Department of Youth Services has proven it can identify and address problems through its processes for quality assurance and improvement.
Marbley still will require monitoring of the agency's mental health services and its special management unit for especially troubled youths.
Marbley in January brought to an end the ongoing court review of numerous issues, such as general education, use of force and dental services.
Marbley's rulings this year mean many of the problems identified first in a 2004 lawsuit and later in a 2008 court settlement have been addressed successfully.