Greater Cleveland Congregations has been active in reforming the criminal justice system in Cuyahoga County since 2012, with a particular focus on creating change and accountability through the office of the County Prosecutor.
Our successes have included:
- A 25% reduction in overcharging of individuals who have found themselves in the criminal justice system
- The establishment of a Civil Rights Unit in the County Prosecutor's office (the third in the country)
- Referral of all lethal use-of-force cases by law enforcement to the state Attorney General's office.
We have also worked with the presiding judge of Cuyahoga County to establish a Violence Interruption Diversion Docket for 18-21 year olds with no prior convictions who are caught with a firearm –the first in the country.
We continue to organize for pre-booking mental health crisis intervention centers in Cuyahoga County that will keep people out of the criminal justice system so they get the treatment they need.
Greater Cleveland Congregations has built a coalition of stakeholders in Cuyahoga County who have come together in support of two pre-booking mental health and addiction restorative centers. Both the County Prosecutor and Chief Administrative and Presiding Judge have been crucial advocates for this project. The Gund Foundation is also an important supporter of this work, as well as a major healthcare provider in Cuyahoga County.
We continue the hard work of organizing to make these centers a reality and better the lives of thousands of residents of Cuyahoga County.
Articles Related to GCC's Criminal Justice Work
Cuyahoga County transfers more youth to the adult criminal justice system than any other Ohio urban county.
December 16, 2022
Background information regarding Discretionary Youth Bindover and the speakers and panelists at the Dec. 6 Action, Justice for Our Children: A Public Hearing to End Abuse of Discretionary Youth Bindover.
December 1, 2022