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Health & Justice: Sheryl Munson for Judge in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas

On this week’s episode of Prognosis Ohio, we continue our 2020 candidate spotlight by talking with Sheryl Munson—a public defender of 26 years and supporter of restorative justice— about her candidacy for judge in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas against the current incumbent and former prosecutor, Judge Gina Russo .


As a public defender, Munson believes that she can be a force for Franklin County by using the ideals of restorative justice to better serve our community at large. If elected, she would be the only public defender on the bench, which Munson believes would bring a much-needed perspective to the Court. Her approach puts social justice and criminal justice on parallel tracks so that defendants who are addicts or are otherwise underprivileged can have the opportunities and resources they need to reform and seek treatment. 


Learn more about Munson's campaign at her website. Follow Munson on Twitter


Ohioans, you can still register to vote (until October 5) by visiting the Ohio Secretary of State's voter portal. It only takes a few minutes.

Produced by Dan Skinner and Mark Frantz

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Dr. Dan Skinner is Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, on the Dublin, Ohio campus. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York. Skinner teaches and researches about, as well as advocates for increased access to health care, especially for underserved populations, as well as various aspects of social determinants that affect the health of communities, in Ohio and beyond.