Special to The Toledo Journal
Mike Hampton was recently honored at the 17th Annual Access to Justice Awards ceremony at the Pinnacle in Maumee, for eliminating barriers for those migrating from the criminal justice system to the community on behalf of the Northwest Ohio Reentry Coalition.
He is a mentor and community advocate who works with at-risk youth and adults as part of the Toledo Community Initiative to Reduce Violence. He also participates in the monthly, “Going Home to Stay,” and “First Wednesday,” programs that assists individuals who are returning to the community from prison.
Mike also assists individuals who appear before the Toledo Municipal Court during the monthly re-entry docket. He guides them through the process and helps them understand the proceedings.
Mike has a personal understanding of the obstacles faced by these individuals as he himself spent two years in prison before turning his life around with the help of the coalition.
“The Reentry Coalition didn’t look at my past – they focused on my future, “he said. “They helped me find housing and provided me with structure and direction, “Mike added.
The ceremony and dinner was held on April 20 to benefit Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc (LAWO), and the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services.