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Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division Annual Report 2008

NCJ Number
Mary J. Davidson
Date Published
44 pages
This annual report discusses the number and kinds of cases before the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, their dispositions, and other data pertaining to the work of the Court.
The report discusses the achievements of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court attained through partnership and collaboration, by joining forces with National, State, and local entities, the court effectively addressed juvenile gang activity, mental health needs, and successful reentry into communities in 2008. Together with the United States Department of Justice and the United States District Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, the court initiated several interventions and programs to address gang activity. In cooperation with the Probation Services Department, the court also established Operation Night Light, which organizes and trains police officers from Cleveland and court probation officers to work as a team, visiting youth on probation that are at high risk of becoming involved in serious delinquent gang activity. Operation Focus, another joint effort involving probation youth, local police, community partners, and families offers summer employment, part-time jobs, and social services to give both youth and their families the assistance that they need. The court has implemented a mental health court modeled after their Juvenile Drug Court, and after joining forces with the Ohio Department of Youth Services implemented a highly successful Girls Step Down Project and the Re-Entry Court. Other successes discussed in detail include the Disproportionate Minority Contacts Study, and the Detention Center Study. Tables