Councilmember Jawando Hosts Panel Discussion on Addressing Violent Crime

Councilmember Will Jawando is joining with councilmembers from Prince George’s County and the District of Columbia to host a panel discussion on ways to address rising violent crime in the region. The discussion takes place Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring.

“While the increase in crime is a national trend, we must work together in our region to address the underlying reasons for crime – solutions that require an interdisciplinary and community wide approach. I believe that working together we can address the current upswing in crime and build trust in our communities. Everyone deserves to feel and be safe,” said Councilmember Jawando.

Calvin Hawkins II, who chairs the Prince George’s County Council and Robert White, Jr., who is an at-large member of the D.C. City Council, join Jawando as hosts of the roundtable titled “How Do We Effectively Address Violent Crime in Our Region?”

Panelists include:

  • Hon. Alex Williams Jr., Retired, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland
  • Sonia Pruitt, Former Montgomery County Police Captain and Montgomery College Professor
  • Keesha Middlemass, PhD., Resident Fellow, Brookings Institution and Associate Professor of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, Howard University
  • Ronald Moten, Co-Founder of Don’t Mute DC
  • Eric Weaver, Founder and Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens

The purpose of the roundtable is to examine underlying causes of violent crime, identify ways to work together regionally to address crime, and make recommendations on legislation, initiatives, and solutions.

The community is invited to attend the discussion. Registration is required and may be done online here.

The Cultural Arts Center is located on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College.


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