Seminar to concentrate on the effect sentencing policies have on criminal justice

The difficulties and implications of sentencing policies in the criminal justice system will be the focus of 2 specialist panels at a seminar Tuesday. “Anatomy of Justice – A Symposium on Criminal Justice,” will deal with numerous problems surrounding sentencing, consisting of imprisonment rates, sentencing standards, reform and juvenile criminal activity. The 21/2-hour seminar is free to the general public and is set up to start at 4:25 p.m. in the Moot Court Room at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1801 Euclid Ave. The law school, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and The City Club of Cleveland are sponsors of the occasion.

The seminar will provide clips from “13th,” a 2016 documentary by director Ava DuVernay that analyzes race, mass imprisonment and justice. The film draws its name from the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which restricted slavery in the United States. The clips will establish the conversations by specialist panels that will evaluate how the criminal justice system administers the effects for criminal habits through sentencing and imprisonment in Cuyahoga County and Ohio. One group, which will go over concerns surrounding sentencing, will consist of U.S. District Judge James Gwin; Charles R. See, executive director for neighborhood re-entry at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry; Cullen G. Sweeney of the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office; and Gary Mohr, the director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Mark A. Stanton of the county Public Defender’s Office will moderate.

A 2nd panel will talk about sentencing in Cuyahoga County as seen from the bench of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. That panel will consist of judges Kathleen A. Sutula, Janet R. Burnside and Robert McClelland. Judge John Russo will moderate.

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