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Local attorney hosting criminal justice reform event Tuesday near GOP convention
Ashley Bell
Attorney Ashley Bell

Gainesville attorney and former Hall commissioner Ashley Bell will host a criminal justice reform event Tuesday night live from Cleveland near the site of the Republican National Convention, which will air on BET and

It’s part of a national, ongoing initiative Bell launched in the last year to address criminal justice reform, and it previously included a partnership with social media giant Facebook to host a forum with 2016 presidential candidates during the campaign this winter.

“This (issue) doesn’t just affect African-Americans,” Bell, a Republican, said at the time. “It affects everybody. I think all of us, whether Republican or Democrat, realize this is the case.”

Bell is the co-chair of 20/20 Leaders of America, the host of the forum, which describes itself as a “diverse and bipartisan collective of elected officials, law enforcement, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, professionals, and community leaders from across the country united to elevate issues disproportionately affecting communities of color above partisan politics."

Billed as “(Code) Red, an Old School Hip Hop Party,” the event will feature interviews with several 20/20 GOP leaders, including Bell.

The event begins at 10 p.m. at Mabel’s BBQ in Cleveland. For more information, visit