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Crystal Bryant is a lifelong Cleveland resident. With a license in law and social work Crystal has a unique set of experiences that have helped to shape her career. Crystal began her service to the public working as a Drug Court case manager, aiding those who had been charged with a first time drug offense in obtaining a clean and sober life. Crystal was promoted to the position of Adult Program Specialist with the Cuyahoga County Alcohol Drug Addiction Mental Health Services Board where she was responsible for the oversight of government funding and resources that supported substance abuse and criminal justice programming. In 2013 Crystal began work as a Program Officer at Cuyahoga Job and Family Services. In this capacity, she was responsible for community engagement strategies, including Medicaid Expansion initiatives, community relations and creating and maintaining collaborative relationships with community partners to help serve those experiencing financial hardships. Before joining the Office of Reentry Crystal worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Cleveland. Here she considered herself the “people’s prosecutor’ often seeking justice for victims and negotiating plea agreements where fare.
Crystal has had a passion to serve those involved in the criminal justice system since middle school. She began her work in reentry while serving as the Co-Chair of Community Engagement and Awareness subcommittee for the Greater Cleveland Leadership Coalition. With the belief that one of the most powerful ways for the formerly incarcerated to recommit themselves to a new beginning is to become civically charged. Crystal and Co-Chair Erika Anthony began hosting voter education and candidate forums specifically for returning citizens. The forums were focused on educating returning citizens on their right to vote and legislative issues that have a direct impact on their communities and daily lives.
Crystal’s hope for the future of the Office of Reentry is to expand upon the great work that has been done. In order to do this the Office of Reentry must seize the energy and momentum of the community who are wedded to the idea of equality and justice for all. This office will work to strengthen collaboration, partnerships, and advocacy efforts that will help to remove barriers and stigma that makes it difficult for a successful re-integration into society. #Nochanceofgoingback
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