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.
"In 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 "Our across-the-board policy of shackling all youth suspects, including non-violent juveniles, is outdated.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.
Rep. 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.