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Ohio youth prison system praised

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Some consider the changes made to Ohio's youth prison system a model for the nation while highlighting continuing problems in the system with gang violence, education classes and medical care.

The annual report by a court-appointed monitor stated that Department of Youth Services administrators have done commendable work reducing the number of offenders in secure confinement and spreading services for youthful offenders around Ohio.

The report issued last week also notes problems with staff shortages, inadequate teachers and inconsistent medical records.

Advocates for youthful offenders said the report demonstrates the need for continued court-ordered supervision of the system.

The youth services department said the agency is not the same as five years ago and has made considerable progress complying with court-ordered changes.