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Project Penalty Awareness

 
 

The U.S. Pretrial Services and Probation Office in the Northern District of Ohio has launched a public service project aimed at educating individuals about federal drug statutes and penalties. Project Penalty Awareness is the Northern District of Ohio’s federal drug prevention program. Its purpose is to educate the public about federal drug trafficking offenses and penalties. The target audience includes groups that may be predisposed to engage in drug trafficking offenses, such as juveniles, gang members, drug users, and individuals with prior drug convictions. The Cleveland Municipal School District continues to be the Cleveland Office’s biggest audience with over 50 presentations given a year, mostly to 7th and 8th grade students. The Akron, Toledo and Youngstown offices also make presentations throughout their service areas. The Northern District of Ohio has also presented at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center to incarcerated juveniles ages 12 - 17. In addition, the district continues to make presentations at local drug rehabilitation centers. With the success of the program, the district has expanded the program to incorporate firearm offenses and penalties and has recently added an interactive component for students. Presenters of this program hail not only from the U.S. Pretrial Services and Probation Office, but also include U.S. Magistrate Judges, U.S. District Judges, chambers staff, U.S. Clerk of Court employees and local attorneys.

 

If you are interested in our members presenting to your organization, please contact Kim Donaldson, Probation Officer, at 216.357.7387.