October 1, 2014

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Monitor: Keep teaching violent Ohio youth inmates

COLUMBUS — A court-appointed monitor says Ohio’s youth prisons should provide educational classes even for inmates who violate a zero-tolerance violence policy.

Juvenile prisons consultant Fred Cohen responded Wednesday to a March complaint by lawyers representing youth inmates that banning such classes violates a 2004 court settlement over prison problems.

Cohen recommends the Ohio Department of Youth Services agree to no longer suspend or expel violent youth from the prison school district.

Cohen also says that in extreme situations the state can delay educational opportunities for an approved time period. He also says any student in seclusion should have individual education classes.

DYS spokeswoman Kim Parsell says the state agrees with the recommendations, which must still be approved by U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley.