Force incidents increase in Ohio youth prisons

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Guards in Ohio's youth prisons are more often resorting to force to control their young charges.

A new state report shows that use-of-force incidents in Ohio's juvenile facilities increased 11 percent last year, to an average of six incidents per offender.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that overall there were 2,733 incidents of force recorded in 2013 — 1,033 of them at the Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility where the most-serious juvenile offenders are housed. An average of nine uses of force per offender occurred at Circleville last year.

The statistics were released this week by the Correctional lnstitution Inspection Committee, a legislative-branch watchdog for state criminal justice programs.

Youth Services said in a statement that force is used primarily when responding to acts of violence.