Date(s) - 24 Apr 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
St John AME
2261 East 40th ST
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
We need as many people as possible for this action! See below for a description of the event and contact Anastasia or Chris Wolf for more information.
Since our launch in 2011, GCC has dedicated itself to taking on the system of mass incarceration, one of the most destructive social issues of our time. Through our research we learned that a huge number of people who are incarcerated in Cuyahoga County are there, unnecessarily, as a result of a mental illness. Through further research GCC determined that one of the ways to reduce the mass incarceration of those with mental illness is to create a system that moves people away from jail and prison altogether and instead diverts them to a system of treatment and support.
In November of 2016, GCC made its initial public push for the creation of Cleveland’s first-ever Mental Health Crisis and Diversion Center, a place where police can bring people who are experiencing a mental health crisis instead of jail or a hospital emergency room. Other cities around the country that have established these centers have saved tens of millions of dollars and significantly reduced their incarceration rates.
We also asked key leaders of our county’s criminal justice system to stand with us and identify additional methods to divert thousands more individuals who deserve a second chance instead of a jail cell.
On April 24th GCC will convene 400+ leaders at St. John AME Church (2261 E 40th St, Cleveland) for a historic night. We will hear from County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley, Administrative and Presiding Judge John Russo, Common Pleas Judge Hollie Gallagher, and ADAMHS Board CEO Scott Osiecki about major progress on our county’s first-ever Mental Health and Diversion Center. We will also be hearing back on commitments made to GCC last year related to over-charging, expansion of Drug Court and a new Civil Rights Unit within the prosecutor’s office.
We will also cast a vision publicly for GCC’s Strengthening Our Power base-building campaign and lay out our concrete plans for the next 16 months.
We strongly encourage you to show up for this historic night. Please also feel free to invite guests who are members of a congregation or organization that is considering joining GCC.