Art exhibit features work by Ohio youth inmates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An art exhibit is featuring creations by juvenile inmates imprisoned in the state's youth detention centers.

The joint project of the Ohio Department of Youth Services and Franklin University opening Monday features 18 works, including watercolor, acrylic and pencil drawings and mixed media and small 3D pieces.

Youth Services Director Harvey Reed says providing youth with opportunities for creative expression helps connect them with values, reflect on life experiences and be inspired to live more productive lives.

Youth Services houses about 580 youths in four juvenile correctional facilities, provides parole services from five regional sites and funds and supports more than 610 direct service programs.

"Youth Speak: Artistic Voices from the Ohio Department of Youth Services" runs through Friday at Franklin University in Columbus.

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