OH youth offenders spending less time in seclusion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state report shows the worst youth offenders in Ohio are spending less time in secluded confinement at detention facilities.

The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee reported that juvenile offenders spent nearly 187,000 hours in "last resort" seclusion last year. That's a 26.7 drop from the previous year.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/HIaBdo ) says that the report by the inspection committee — a state legislative agency that monitors adult and juvenile prisons — showed that use of seclusion averaged 358.1 hours per youth over the four state detention facilities. That was a 5.9 percent drop per juvenile from 2011, but nearly the same as it was in 2009.

Isolating juvenile offenders in their rooms has been a common and sometimes controversial punishment for years at Ohio youth facilities.