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Lucas County Safety + Justice Challenge Virtual Community Listening Session Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why is the Lucas County Safety + Justice Challenge hosting Community Listening Sessions?

The Community Listening Sessions, which are being held virtually through video conferencing, are designed to encourage discussion on how to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the Lucas County jail population, with an emphasis on developing micro-projects within the targeted ZIP codes of 43604, 43607, 43608, and 43610.

I do not live within the targeted ZIP codes; can I participate in the Listening Sessions?

The Community Listening Sessions are available to all Lucas County residents, however projects that emerge from the sessions will be in the targeted ZIP codes.

Where can I get information about Community Listening session schedule? How can I sign up to participate?

Information about the Community Listening Sessions and the schedule can be found by visiting Look for the Get Involved – Fostering Meaningful Community Engagement section and click the REGISTER HERE button.

Space is limited to 25 participants for each session.

I do not have access to a camera that would allow me to join the sessions virtually on my cellphone, laptop, or computer. Can I still participate?

For those who do not have the needed technology or do not want to join a virtual session, an online questionnaire is available here. You can join the Community Listening Sessions via phone, without the use of a camera. Virtual and dial-in instructions will be sent to you once you register.

A paper copy questionnaire with the same questions can be obtained by sending an email to or call 419.213.2155. Please include your name, address, zip code, and phone number.

Who will facilitate the Virtual Community Listening Sessions?

The sessions will be hosted by representatives of the Lucas County Safety + Justice Challenge and moderated by a facilitator.

Can youth participate?

The virtual sessions are not intended for youth. However, sessions that will focus on youth will be held separately. Information to sign up for those sessions can be made via email at: or call 419-213-2155. Please include your name, address, zip code, and phone number.

Does it cost anything to participate?

The Listening Sessions are free and being paid funds Lucas County received from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

How many people can attend the Virtual Listening Sessions?

Each virtual session is limited to 25 participants.

What is the format of the sessions?

Following an introduction, each session will include a brief overview of the Safety + Justice Challenge and what has been done so far in Lucas County, and then offer a question to lead into discussions about the intersection of criminal justice reform and racial and ethnic disparities.

Can I find additional information about criminal justice reform in Lucas County?

Information about the Lucas County Safety + Justice Challenge initiatives can be found at We welcome you to explore the site!

How can I find out more about this project?

Additional information can be obtained at: or call 419.213.2155.