Action Alert
Tell Toledo officials not to partner with the DOJ and Jeff Sessions!

Toledo has been a leader in criminal justice reform, but a new Department of Justice (DOJ) partnership will damage this progress. Toledo was selected as one of 12 cities nationally to "receive significant assistance" in fighting violent crime, but make no mistake: the DOJ's National Public Safety Partnership will not benefit Toledo residents. It is merely Jeff Sessions' most recent attempt to bring back outdated, harmful policies.

Toledo must keep moving forward — not retreat to the 1980s.

We need compassionate, thoughtful, and innovative strategies to combat crime and mass incarceration. This partnership will rehash disastrous ideas like the "War on Crime," the "War on Drugs," and broken windows policing. These policies have proven ineffective and put public safety at risk by fueling our mass incarceration system. Don't just take our word for it. In the last six months, the DOJ has initiated several alarming changes including:

  • - Reinstituting policies that encourage harsh penalties for drug possession and use.

  • - Enforcing immigration policies that target people of color and instill fear in communities.

  • - Commissioning a review of all existing consent decrees aimed at reforming police practices.

  • - Expanding investment in private prisons so that corporations could profit.

This is not the type of leadership wanted or needed in Toledo. Contact Mayor Hicks-Hudson and urge her to reject this partnership!

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I am writing to urge you to reject the Department of Justice's National Public Safety Partnership. This initiative will be harmful to Toledo residents and will erode criminal justice reform in our city.
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Please dodge this deal and don't allow Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice to move Toledo in the wrong direction on public safety and criminal justice reform.
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