COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s youth prison system is moving to seven-day-a-week visitations to make it easier for parents and guardians to see their children.
Department of Youth Services director Harvey Reed says the agency has to keep juveniles connected to their families if it wants improved outcome for the youth.
Reed said last week the daily visitation will soon be in place at Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility in central Ohio.
Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in northeastern Ohio and Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility in Massillon already offer the expanded hours.
The agency already offers families free bus trips to facilities, bringing 677 passengers to youth prisons last year.