HB 156 – Limits On Juvenile Court Restraints (2013-2014)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_156
HB 156 limits the use of restraints on youth in juvenile court hearings and proceedings to instances when they are necessary to prevent physical harm or fleeing.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Reece (D)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Antonio (D), Rep. Ashford (D), Rep. Fedor (D), Rep. Heard (D), Rep. Sykes (D)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou130.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0156?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
Currently, children in Ohio can appear in juvenile courtrooms in restraints for any or no reason, despite the evidence that appearing in restraints can have multiple damaging effects on the child. HB 156 remedies this often unnecessary shackling and adds Ohio to the list of states that have limited restraints on children in courts to when they are necessary for safety or order in the court. This is a marked improvement over the current system and a step toward a better juvenile justice system for Ohio’s youth.