About the Project

Raising Awareness About Ohio Youth Under the Age of 18 in Ohio’s Adult Criminal Justice System

Each year, approximately 300 youth under the age of 18 are bound over – or transferred – from the juvenile justice system to the adult criminal justice system in Ohio.

Over the past several years, research has shown that transferring youth to adult court actually increases the likelihood that youth will reoffend compared to youth who commit similar offenses, but who remain in the juvenile justice system.  Research has also shown that youth in adult court and facilities suffer long-lasting damage that can make it even more difficult for these youth to successfully re-enter society after their release.  The vast majority of youth bound over to adult court in Ohio are released in less than 5 years.  More information on this population of youth is available in the Children’s Law Center, Inc.’s (CLC’s) publication Falling Through the Cracks:  A New Look at Ohio Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System

In conjuction with the report above, CLC reached out to youth who have gone through the bindover process and their families to hear their stories.  A companion publication – In Their Own Words – was published to go beyond the data and to tell the impact of Ohio’s bindover policies on these youth and their families.

This website gives readers access to expanded versions of the stories in In Their Own Words as well as additional stories CLC continues to receive from its story collection project.  If you have any questions or comments about these stories, please feel free to contact us via the information below.

Children’s Law Center, Inc. ~ 1002 Russell Street ~ Covington, KY 41011 ~ 859-431-3313