Ohio has an incarceration rate of 679 to 100,000 people, meaning it locks up a higher percentage of its people than many wealthy democracies do. Today we will take a deep dive into the multitude of policies that keep Ohio residents tied up in the criminal justice system at an alarming rate. From pre-trial holding to probation, as well as disturbing occurrences within the juvenile system, Ohio has a serious criminal justice issue that needs to be addressed.
OPTION 1: In various facilities, 78,000 of Ohio's residents are locked up. Check out these infographics to see where Ohioans are incarcerated.
OPTION 2: Nationwide, an estimated 7.1% of youth in juvenile facilities reported being sexually victimized. Read this article, which finds Ohio's juvenile prison system has the nation's highest rate of sexual victimization.
OPTION 3: Five years after the 2015 Cleveland Division of Police consent decree was reached to address its use of excessive force, the department still struggles to improve data collection and beef up training units to ensure reform success. Check out this article and the full study to learn more.
The Racial Justice and Social Equity series is hosted by Worthington Libraries and the City of Worthington Community Relations Commission. The work of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, which developed the series' daily challenges, is gratefully acknowledged.