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REAL TALK | Is Justice Truly Blind? Examining the Courts for Racial Equity
2-PART SERIES: Wednesday, June 2 & June 9 -- 7pm ET
Is Justice Truly Blind? Examining the Courts for Racial Equity: From Arraignment Thru Reentry

Join us for a 2-part series examining how race, poverty, structural racism, and racialized bias impact the judicial process and outcomes for people of color: charges, bail, plea bargains, convictions, sentencing. Beyond the courts, what are the Collateral Consequences of simply entering the system -- convicted or not. Learn about the impact an arrest, bail, remanded custody, and a criminal record have on defendants as they transition back into society: access to housing, securing employment, healthcare, and rebuilding their family. Does Ohio's court system work equitably for all defendants or unfairly penalize people of color and the poor?

PART 1: Wednesday, June 2, 2021,7pm
Navigating the System: Arraignment Through Sentencing

MODERATOR:​ M.L. Schultze, Social Justice Reporter, WKSU / NPR
OPENING SPEAKER: Professor Brant Lee, University of Akron School of Law

PANEL:
The Honorable Ronald Adrine, Retired Cleveland Municipal Court Judge
The Honorable Cassandra Collier-Williams, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge
The Honorable David Hamilton, Akron Municipal Court Judge
Tania Nemer, Summit County Community Outreach Prosecutor
Cullen Sweeney, Cuyahoga County Chief Public Defender

PART 2: Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 7pm
Picking Up the Pieces: 'Collateral Consequences' & Reentry

MODERATOR: Foluke Omosun, Reporter, WKSU / NPR
OPENING SPEAKER: Reverend Raymond Greene, Exec. Dir., The Freedom BLOC

PANEL:
Robin Turner, Criminal Justice Organizer, Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Walter Mathis, Community Organizer, Akron Organizing Collaborative
Maria Smith, Supervising Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Perry Clark, Founder, Pres., Truly Reaching You, Inc. (TRY)
Michael Randle, Exec. Vice Pres., Operations, The Oriana House, Summit County

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