Rethinking Jails + Justice Town Hall

Join WGTE from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10 at the McMaster Center at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library as community members and leaders discuss the current state of the justice system and prison system. Community questions and comments are welcomed and encouraged. 

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Panelists and Discussion Topics

System Change vs. Community Change? 
Sean McNulty, Chief Public Defender: Toledo Legal Aid Society
Scott Sylak, Executive Director:  Mental Health and Recovery Services Board
Holly Matthews, Executive Director: Toledo-Lucas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Carol Contrada, Former Lucas County Commissioner
Malcolm Cunningham, Director: Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
Commissioner Pete Gerken, Lucas County Board of County Commissioners

Reform vs. Safety 
Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, City of Toledo
Chief Michael Troendle, Toledo Police Department
Judge Gene Zmuda, Sixth District Court of Appeals and Former Lucas County Common Pleas Judge
Judge Tim Kuhlman, Toledo Municipal Court
Commissioner Lisa Sobecki, Lucas County Board of County Commissioners
Bud Hite, Executive Director: Lucas County Correctional Treatment Facility

rethinking jails + justice

Since 2014, Lucas County has been reimagining the local criminal justice system and advancing a number of strategies to rethink and redesign the system to reduce jail time and increase equity for all while maintaining public safety. Beginning in January 2024, WGTE Public Media, in collaboration with The Board of Lucas County Commissioners and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Safety + Justice Challenge, presents “Rethinking Jails + Justice,” a 10-episode podcast and two community town halls that examine and challenge conventional thinking about over-incarceration that adversely and disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities. Learn about the community-wide, multilevel process that was undertaken by stakeholders to improve processes and the solutions that have resulted in reducing the jail population.

Lucas County's Roadmap to Criminal Justice Reform

lucas county roadmap to criminal justice reform


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rethinking jails + justice safety + justice challenge