Cleveland Connects: Justice for All

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Prisons, and prison reform, get a lot of attention when it comes to the subject of criminal justice. But another crucial piece of the justice reform puzzle are the monetary penalties that keep people locked up, stuck within the system, and unable to get back to normal life. Fines, fees, and bail schedules—among other forces—systematically undermine a poor person’s ability to break the cycle of incarceration. These financial mechanisms all have one thing in common: they typically don’t consider a defendant’s ability to pay. This results in many people—upwards 60% of the counties’ average daily jail population—staying in jail for days, weeks, even months at a time, all because they can’t post bail or afford a lawyer. This pretrial incarceration can have devastating ripple effects for the defendant, including loss of employment, housing, and child custody. In addition, high debt burdens incurred from the legal system can be a stumbling block for offenders reentering society.

There is considerable regional and national attention to this issue right now, as Ohio joins many other states in exploring effective strategies for bail reform. Building upon coverage begun last year by Cleveland.com and ideastream, including town halls with Tavis Smiley broadcast last year on WVIZ/PBS and WCPN 90.3 FM—content partners ideastream and Cleveland.com will host Cleveland Connects: Justice for All this April 3rd to continue the community conversation on the economic unfairness baked into the justice system. What changes have been enacted in Northeast Ohio courts and what impact are they having in our communities? What can we learn from municipalities at the forefront of change? Are statewide changes coming?

Cleveland Connects: Justice for All will be moderated by Mike McIntyre, host of the Sound of Ideas on 90.3 WCPN and columnist for The Plain Dealer.

Event Information

Monday, April 3rd – free admission but registration required 

Reception 5:00 pm

Program 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare 

Seating for the evening program in the Westfield Studio is available on a first-arrive-first-seated basis. 

Air Dates

ideastream.org

This event will be live streamed on this page and on Cleveland.com on Monday April 3rd at 6pm.

WVIZ/PBS

Monday, April 3rd at 7:00pm.

90.3 WCPN 

Monday, April 3rd at 7:00pm.

The Ohio Channel

Sunday, April 9 at 9am.

Cleveland Connects is a content initiative by ideastream and Advance Ohio, which represents Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, and is sponsored by PNC Bank.  It presents engaging dialogue, community events, and multiple media content with the goal of illuminating and advancing solutions on topics important to our region.

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Guests: 

Panelists

  • Judge Ronald B. Adrine, Cleveland Municipal Court
  • Kari Bloom, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Ohio Public Defender
  • Judge Kenneth R. Spanagel, Parma Municipal Court

Also featuring a video segment from Shakyra Diaz, Regional Director, Midwest Alliance for Safety and Justice 

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