For the past five years, Cuyahoga County taxpayers have paid to try to make Montez Cobb a better person -- after his first arrest at age 12 for stealing a snowblower, after subsequent arrests for fighting and violating probation, and ultimately for his prosecution as an adult for a string of armed robberies.
The 17-year-old boy's odyssey -- and those of other juveniles mired in the system -- has caused officials to rethink how they deal with these young offenders. Recently, prosecutors and juvenile court officials have turned their attention to Montgomery County, which for two decades has taken a different approach to juvenile justice than here.
The results are dramatically better. Read more...