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Columbus Summit Focuses on Youth Crime Prevention

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- The recent murder of a woman allegedly committed by a central Ohio teen was the catalyst for a Thursday summit on at-risk youths.

Child welfare workers, mental health experts, foster-care providers, and juvenile court officials gathered in Columbus to discuss methods that can be used to combat crime among troubled young people.

The meeting was organized, in part, because of the October murder of Jane Juergens, who was stabbed 26 times in a Columbus park. Police arrested 16-year-old Jordan Stewart for the murder.

Stewart was living in a Blendon Township group home when the murder occurred, and had traveled to the park for a group outing. The teen had been institutionalized before he was admitted to the less restrictive group home.

Multiple speakers at Thursday's summit expressed the belief that fewer teens should face prosecutions that lead to institutional stays, which some believe do more harm than good.
 
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