Ohio addresses sex assaults in youth prisons

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio officials plan to spend $200,000 for a consultant to help reduce inmate sexual assaults in the state's youth prisons.

The money will be spent to develop a "zero-tolerance" culture for sexual assault in juvenile prisons in Ohio, which have been labeled among the worst in the nation for the attacks.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1ejDVoD ) reports that the state Controlling Board on Tuesday authorized the Ohio Department of Youth Services to spend $74,930 this year and $124,930 next year to get expert help in complying with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.

A report by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics ranked Ohio among four states with the highest rates of sexual assaults against juveniles. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) responded by setting up an emergency task force.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com