Ohio Supreme Court Limits Shackling on Juveniles

On March 28, the Supreme Court of Ohio announced new rules for limiting the use of shackling in courts for children under 18. The rule creates the presumption that physical restraint will not be used unless the judge supervising the case believes there is a safety threat or a flight risk.

Schubert Center Director Jill Korbin, Policy Director Gabriella Celeste, and Faculty Associates Lisa Damour, Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Robert L. Fischer, Ayesha Bell Hardaway, Laura McNally-Levine, Robert Needleman and Elizabeth Short submitted a letter to the Supreme Court of Ohio supporting the limiting of shackling in juvenile courts. Shackling has been criticized by child development experts as contrary to the rehabilitative goals of juvenile court, traumatizing and stigmatizing to young people and contrary to the presumption of innocence. We thank our Faculty Associates for lending their voices to this important issue.

View the Rule Amendment at the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Read the letter submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio by Schubert Center Faculty Associates.

Read the Columbus Dispatch’s article on the new rule.