3/7/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – “Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?” is the topic of a community forum to be held March 21 at 7 p.m. in the small meeting room of the Ashland Public Library. The forum, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center for Civic Life at Ashland University.
Crimes in Ashland County in the last year included assault, burglary and theft, domestic violence, kidnapping, fighting, trafficking, rape, child endangering, and drug abuse, according to the Ashland County Sheriff’s office.
Discussion will be focused on ways to reduce such violence. Using a guide developed by National Issues Forum, participants will consider the pros and cons of three approaches. The first approach, “Enforce the Law Together,” looks at ways of strengthening the relationship between the police and the community. The second, “Apply the Law Fairly,” looks at reforming inequities that may lead to more crime. The third approach, “De-escalate and Prevent Violence,” looks at ways to disrupt conflict that may lead to criminal acts.
The Center for Civic Life leads discussions on problem areas in communities in the belief that citizens thinking together is the best way to work toward solutions. All concerned citizens are encouraged to join the deliberation about reducing crime.
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.