For the first time in 20 years, juvenile defendants appearing in Judge Tracie Hunter's courtroom will no longer be shackled. Judge Hunter implemented the policy April 9, while away, to give Juvenile CourtFull Story >
For the first time in 20 years, juvenile defendants appearing in Judge Tracie Hunter's courtroom will no longer be shackled.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) announced Wednesday that she will soon
introduce a bill to bring the Ohio Revised Code into the Twenty-First Century
by curbing the use of handcuffs on juvenile suspects in courtrooms around Ohio.
my home county, Hamilton County, there is a blanket policy of shackling all
children regardless of history, temperament or accusation," said Rep. Reece.
"Our across-the-board policy of shackling all youth suspects, including
non-violent juveniles, is outdated. States like New York, Florida and
Pennsylvania have implemented no-shackle policies. It is time we step up in
Ohio and do the same."
Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter announced earlier this week that she was banning routine shackling in her courtroom.
Reece is currently soliciting support from fellow lawmakers in the Ohio House
of Representatives. After the bill's official introduction, Rep. Reece is
hopeful that the bill will gain the attention of House leaders and move quickly
through the legislative process.