Juvenile Justice

Changing the System


The Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 86, which made needed changes to Ohio juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. The legislation focuses on restoring discretion to Ohio juvenile court judges to treat children on a case-by-case basis by:

  • Allowing a juvenile court to grant judicial release to children in custody of the Ohio Department of Youth Services after the expiration of their minimum term;
  • Establishing a competency standard for juveniles;
  • Reducing the maximum sentence for a crime with a gun specification for youth who did not provide, use, or dispose of the firearm; and
  • Permitting youth to be transferred back to juvenile court if they were subject to mandatory transfer to adult court due to the charged offense, but plead guilty or are convicted of a lesser offense.