JAVA holds Criminal Justice Summit Discussion

Have you ever had a question that you wanted to ask candidates for election face to face? JAVA provided the space to do that with a series of discussions around how to end violence in Fort Wayne.

Posted: Apr 14, 2019 8:44 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2019 8:25 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Criminal Justice Summit is created to identify gaps in the current criminal justice system.
JAVA is a group seeking answers from people running for office and have opened doors to anyone with concerns to join them in getting them.

"We asked them some pretty tough questions and they gave us some pretty good answers.More cameras maybe around the neighborhood, more deterrence to help these young kids from the beginning until they get older, more deterrence with the lights in areas, and focus on what people don't see because it's so dark out and if we have a homicide they're not accurately able to let them know what the license plate number is or who or what the person looked like," Denise Tadeo with JAVA Leadership said.

The round table discussion consisted of mayoral candidates, as well as city council candidates.

"I feel this was very good because you'll be able to see them face to face and be able to see who they are, and see their point of views and what they think, and ask them instead of having the in between of letters. You can actually talk to them and communicate with them," Monica Jones said.

Jones and her family are still mourning the death of her brother.

Seeing that they were willing to listen at this capacity gives her hope.

The next Criminal Justice Summit Discussion will be with detectives and Fort Wayne Victims Assistance.

That meeting will be at 1:00 p.m. May 18 at Calvary United Methodist Church on Winchester Road.

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