The League of Women Voters and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service will host a forum tonight on tensions between Alachua County’s diverse community and the legal system.

The event starts at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora on the University of Florida’s campus.

Topics include the school-to-prison pipeline, the impact of citation versus arrest, bail and pretrial release, juvenile sentencing, incarceration for petty offenses, sealing records and re-entry challenges for released convicts.

On the panel will be Eighth Judicial Circuit public defender Stacy Scott, Gainesville Police Chief Tony Jones and Steve Pittman, member of Peace4Gainesville’s board of directors and chief operating officer of Meridian Behavioral Healthcare.

The discussion will be moderated by Bennett Brummer, former Miami-Dade County public defender and chairman of the League of Women Voters Alachua County Social/Criminal Justice Committee.

A Q-and-A session will follow the panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public. READ MORE