Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance

The Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance (OJJA) is a statewide coalition dedicated to enhancing Ohio’s future by improving the structure, function, and outcomes of Ohio’s juvenile justice system in order to give all of Ohio’s children the opportunity to reach their full potential. CDF-Ohio serves on the steering committee of OJJA and helps to shape its activities.

Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance Fact Sheet Series

In 2015, OJJA released a series of fact sheets that provide a comprehensive, holistic overview of the current state of Ohio's juvenile justice system as well as recommendations for where we need to go next to continue to reform the system and better serve Ohio youth.

OJJA Members


American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio

Children's Defense Fund-Ohio

Easter Seals of Ohio

Human Services Chamber of Franklin County

Juvenile Justice Coalition

Lighthouse Youth Services

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Ohio

Office of the Ohio Public Defender

Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association

Ohio Justice and Policy Center

Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio

Voices for Ohio's Children

The AMOS Project

Children's Law Center, Inc.

Family and Youth Law Center, Capital University Law School

Justice for Children Project, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

League of Women Voters of Ohio

Mental Health and Addiction Advocacy Coalition

National Association of Social Workers, Ohio Chapter

Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies

The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Service Providers

Racial Justice Now!


Gabriella Celeste, Director, Child Policy, Schubert Center for Child Studies, Case Western Reserve University

Dana Hubbard, Associate Professor, Sociology, Cleveland State University

Karen Miner-Romanoff, Dean, College of Health and Public Administration, Franklin University

Sharon Weitzenhof, President, Juvenile Justice Coalition

Peggy Hanna, Clark County Peace Alliance

Christopher Mallett, Professor, Social Work, Cleveland State University

Mary Thomas, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University