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Register for this presentation at the top of this page next to "I'm interested." We will serve pizza for in-person attendees, but ask that you bring your own water bottle. Please note, space to attend this presentation in-person at The Ridges is limited to 25 people and registration is required to attend. A virtual option is also available to participate in this session. 


This presentation and discussion will detail how one's incarceration not only impacts the individual serving time but others. The unintended consequences of incarceration affects a variety of areas and deserves the attention of those in public leadership roles and decision makers outside of the criminal justice system. 


If you would like to request an ASL interpreter or other accommodation to attend this session, please contact Mackenzie Kucharsky at


About the virtual presenter: 

Gwendolyn Woods has served over 32 years in the public service arena as a criminal justice professional at the city, county, and state level. Her state tenure with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction encompassed a variety of positions that focused on assisting individuals prior to or during their reentry from prison. Two of her major career accomplishments include the design, development, implementation, and supervision of regional teams of credentialed professionals across the state to develop and enhance partnerships with community and social organizations to provide direct, linkage, and programming to individuals to facilitate their successful transition and reentry to the community. She was also an inaugural member of the leadership team tasked with the design, development, and later the expansion of the agency’s offender workforce development efforts. This initiative included working with employers across the state to promote the hiring and retention of individuals with a criminal history, providing them with the opportunity to become productive tax paying members of Ohio’s communities. 

While she officially retired from public service in 2016, Gwendolyn continues to work and advocate for criminal and social justice issues and provides subject matter expertise via contractual services with a variety of public and private entities. One of the entities is the Mansfield Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, where she serves on the executive leadership team of the Ohio Children of Incarcerated Parents initiative. She is actively affiliated with a variety of professional and service organizations and remains passionate about advocacy as it relates to equity, social justice, and service to the community.

Meeting ID: 859 3172 5013

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