Close

Not a member yet?Register now and get started.

lock and key

Sign in to your account.

Account Login

GCC’s Action on Criminal Justice Yields Recognition and Continued Commitment from County Prosecutor and Presiding Judge to Fight for Reforms

GCC’s Action on Criminal Justice Yields Recognition and Continued Commitment from County Prosecutor and Presiding Judge to Fight for Reforms

Monday, May 21, 2018
Greater Cleveland Congregations

GCC packs leaders at St. John AME Church in fight for additional criminal justice reforms.
 
On April 24th Greater Cleveland Congregations held an action with 435 of its members at the historic St. John AME Church in Cleveland.  Present at the action were Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley and Administrative and Presiding Judge John Russo, who reiterated their plans and commitments to fight for additional criminal justice reforms that address mass incarceration, such as expanding opportunities for drug court for those suffering from addiction, new second chance diversion initiatives, and policies to end the practice of over-charging.  GCC leaders also heard compelling testimony from a member of our community who was victimized by over-charging and served a 10-year prison sentence for stealing 10 packs of batteries.
 
Prosecutor O’Malley also highlighted two major policy initiatives that GCC fought for over the past two years.  First, his office's policy of utilizing agencies outside of the prosecutors office to investigate police use of lethal force cases in our county.  Second, the establishment of the county's first ever Civil Rights Unit, run out of the prosecutors office. This is one of only three such Civil Rights Units in the nation, and it has already been responsible for reviews of cases that have resulted in the overturning of three wrongful convictions and counting. 
 
An article summarizing the action may be found HERE.