A Citizen’s Guide to the Cleveland Police Consent Decree with a Special Focus on Implications for Children & Young People

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The Schubert Center supports advancing positive interactions between youth and police and promotes developmentally informed policies and practices. This guide was created to help the Cleveland community – and specifically young people – better understand the consent decree involving the CLE police.

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013-2014 of the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP), the Cleveland Consent Decree, or Settlement Agreement, went into effect on June 12, 2015. This court-enforceable agreement details problems that the DOJ found within the CDP and deadlines for correcting this problems. One of the important components of the Consent Decree is that the Cleveland community should be involved in its implementation. To help make the large 105-page document accessible to the larger community, and specifically youth, the Schubert Center for Child Studies created a “Citizen’s Guide to the Consent Decree.” This guide is being released today, February 14, 2017, as part of the Community Police Commission’s Day of Justice for Cleveland students.

Updated April 2017 – Download the Citizen’s Guide.