January 01, 2019 Feature

Grandparents Shouldering the Burden: Kinship Placements in Ohio

By W. Milton Nuzum III and Kyana D. Pierson

Last year in Trumbull County, Ohio, an elderly woman was arraigned in criminal court for a theft she had allegedly committed the night before. She had been arrested and was unable to post the $1,000 bond prior to arraignment before the criminal court judge the next morning. The complaint alleged a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by Ohio law of a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in the county jail. The woman waived her rights, including her right to counsel, and advised the judge she was prepared to enter a plea admitting her guilt.

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