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Making Ohio Communities Safer Summit

Making Ohio Communities Safer Summit

The Fourth Annual Summit on Making Ohio Communities Safer was held at the Word Church in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.  The purpose was to bring all parties, such as, newly released offenders, community service providers, and DRC personnel together to build relationships for the benefit of Ohio communities.  The conference focused on change and four key elements where it is needed; prison, support, re-entry plan and community resources. The goal is to change the hearts and minds of those under supervision as well as in our home towns.

Pastor Dr. Vernon introduced the Keynote speaker, Michael Swiger, who enlightened the audience with two formerly incarcerated people. He is currently the executive director of True Freedom and previously served 17 years in prison.  Upon completion of Mr. Swiger’s presentation, DRC Director Mohr and Ginine Trim from Department of Youth Services shared a few words.

The event consisted of I5 workshops and highlighted two sessions simulating the 90 days of obstacles offenders must tackle upon release from prison. The audience became part of the simulation.  The exhibit area had over 40 agencies registered to provide information on available resources. The Northeast Regional Office, Adult Parole Authority and regional prisons also had displays and answered questions from the attendees.  The Department of Youth Services held six workshops for youth and community.  The youth event hosted an exhibit including representatives from area libraries, colleges and family agencies. 




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