JUDGE JOHN WILLIAMS:
Expanded the nationally recognized Kids in School Rule! program to all 63 Cincinnati Public Schools and Children’s Home of Cincinnati.
This program prioritizes school success for students in foster care. Over the past 8 years, KISR! has averaged a 95% graduation rate for eligible seniors. Nationwide graduation rates range from 40 - 60%.
Partnered with Legal Aid and the Cincinnati Bar Foundation to open the Custody and Companionship Clinic.
Since September 2017, the Clinic has provided free legal services to over 1,690 low-income individuals seeking a safe and permanent home for their children or family member.
Maintained essential Court functions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Court maintained essential functions and services, using innovative programming, including remote access to hearings and other Court services. The Court quickly and strategically reduced person-to-person contact, while continuing to engage youth and families.
Created School and Community-Based Diversion Opportunities and programming for low risk, juvenile justice-involved youth.
Initiatives include a substance abuse diversion program, traffic diversion program, youth court, community courts, mental health court and diversion dockets in the following schools/school districts: Northwest, Aiken, Western Hills, Oak Hills, and Winton Woods.
Developed School Threat Protocols.
This program tracks school threats, evaluates risk, and customizes individualized service plans for youth.
Designed a new Assessment Center, which will open in 2020.
The Assessment Center will enhance early screening and service connection for children charged with delinquency and unruly offenses.