Cuyahoga Co. (OH) Gun Court aims to stop non-violent offenders before they commit a violent crime
Completion of the program allows non-violent offenders with a gun charge to wipe the felony from their record.
Sheehan collaborated with probation officers, the prosecutor’s office and community groups like Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance to create a support system around participants.
Myesha Crowe is the executive director of Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance. She said the program is intense and it’s a commitment for participants, but they’ve seen people change.
“We’re seeing people who really want to try and be committed to being their best selves without a felony on their record,” she said.
Sheehan oversees the Violence Intervention Docket, which is designed to address the root causes of trauma and social determinants that drive people to pick up a firearm and commit a crime.
The defendants in this program are indicted on a felony charge of carrying a firearm unlawfully while allegedly committing a non-violent crime.