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Changing Youthful Offenders’ Lives

If you do not understand the critical need to rehabilitate juvenile offenders in Ohio, you have not been paying attention to the news. Changing the lives of those convicted of serious crimes is vital.

That is why an award presented recently is so important to East Ohio residents. It went to Misty Touville, treatment and licensing director at the Oakview Juvenile Residence Center in Belmont County. She received the state’s Geno Natalucci-Persichetti Award for Excellence through Accreditation. That means she does a very good job ensuring that Oakview, a 24-bed facility, does things the right way.

Only juveniles adjudicated as felony offenders go to Oakview. Ensuring it is a turning point for them is important. Good for Touville, then, for helping to make that happen.

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