Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) is excited to announce that it will be hosting the inaugural Charles R. See Forum on Re-Entry at the City Club of Cleveland on Friday, June 5, 2020. The annual forum, which is endowed thanks to several generous donors, will honor See’s 44 years at LMM and bring attention to current issues in the field of criminal justice.

The forum will feature Karol Mason, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. President Mason was appointed to her current role in August 2017. Prior, she served as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Justice Programs in the Obama Administration. In that role, she oversaw an annual budget of $4 billion to support state and local criminal justice agencies, juvenile justice program and services for crime victims. President Mason also spent three decades at Alston & Bird LLP.

The forum’s namesake, Charles R. See, began at LMM in 1973 where he spent most of his career running the Community Re-Entry program. This innovative program provided services to help individuals re-entering society find stability through job placement, job training, substance abuse treatment, and volunteer opportunities. For many years Community Re-Entry included the award-winning Care Team Program, which partnered formerly incarcerated with seniors to serve as safe escorts, errand runners, and companions.

While See retired in 2018, his impact on LMM remains. Through an annual event featuring innovative thinkers in the field, this forum will honor See’s career while continuing to look forward to the policy changes needed to promote equality in the criminal justice system and ensure comprehensive rehabilitation postincarceration.

We hope you will join us on June 5th! Please email Margie Glick for additional information.