Youth Prison

New youth prison wing houses sex offenders -- alone

A new wing at a state youth prison in Scioto County means fewer of the state's highest-risk sex offenders have to share rooms. The wing houses boys who had been at a prison in Circleville where many were double-bunked at an overcrowded facility amid reports of rape and boys trading sex for candy. Moving some of the boys to the wing at the Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility is among the reforms ordered by Governor Taft for the Ohio Department of Youth Services. The wing has 25 rooms.

Youth Services officials hope to open two more wings with 50 more rooms for offenders who are still sharing rooms in Circleville. Interim Youth Services Director Thomas Stickrath says trying to get the boys into single rooms is one of several strategies to reduce and eliminate assaults.