What REEP Does
The Cuyahoga County REEP provides intensive programming and supervision to eligible offenders
by preparing case plans that center on specific offender needs such as education, employment, housing,
substance abuse and mental health treatment, thereby providing the best possible opportunities to
succeed after their release. REEP uses the power of judicial authority to aggressively monitor
released offenders to increase public safety and links offenders to agencies and community
organizations that provide needed services.
Eligible offenders can be identified at sentencing and evaluated by REEP, prior to
transport to prison, or an offender can apply, after incarceration, in compliance with the judicial release statutory
requirements of the amount of time that must be served in order to be eligible for general judicial release.
In the event the offender is identified by the sentencing Judge at the time of sentencing, or the offender’s attorney
wishes to have the person interviewed by REEP, prior to transport, the REEP must be notified in order for the REEP
interview to be scheduled prior to transport.
Consideration for REEP
In order to be considered for REEP, offenders can either (1) file an
Application for REEP (applications
are available from the Court’s website, in the prisons from the case managers, or from the REEP Judge, Judge Nancy
Margaret Russo); or (2) the offender can either file a pro se Motion for Judicial Release, or have counsel file the
Motion for Judicial Release.
Offenders sentenced by Judge Nancy Fuerst will not be referred to REEP. Offenders may still file general motions for
Judicial Release, but cannot be transferred to REEP.
All applications which meet minimum criteria are sent for review and evaluation to the REEP Judge, Judge Nancy Margaret
Russo. The REEP Judge reviews the case information, case manager input, the Institutional Summary, the PSI (where
available), letters for
support and programming history, and other documentation. Upon completion of that review, the REEP Judge will make a
determination as to whether the person is eligible or ineligible, and if eligible, whether the person is ACCEPTED for
In the event the REEP Judge determines a person is both eligible and Accepted, the final decision about participation
lies with the Sentencing Judge. In those cases where the offender is eligible and accepted, and the Sentencing Judge
is in agreement, the Sentencing Judge will transfer jurisdiction to the REEP Judge, who will order transport of the
offender for a hearing, and a Judicial Release hearing will be held by the REEP Judge.
In the event the REEP Judge determines a person is eligible and Accepted, but the Sentencing Judge declines to transfer
jurisdiction, the REEP Judge will place the appropriate journal entry on the docket and transfer all information reviewed
to the Sentencing Judge. If there is a Motion for Judicial Release pending and the person is not accepted by REEP and
transferred to the REEP Judge, then the Sentencing Judge will make a determination about the pending Motion for Judicial
Release. Denial of REEP, or declination of the Sentencing Judge to transfer, does not mean the Motion for Judicial
Release is denied; it simply means that the person cannot participate in the programming and benefits of REEP. A
Sentencing Judge can deny REEP transfer and still grant a Motion for general Judicial Release, or the Sentencing Judge
can deny transfer to REEP and deny the Motion for Judicial Release. Please note that the REEP Judge does not advocate
for persons to be transferred; the decision to transfer, upon acceptance, rests solely with the Sentencing Judge, and
the REEP Judge and Team respect and abide by the final decision of the Sentencing Judge.
Journal Entries/Phone Calls to REEP
Any time the REEP Judge has taken action on an application or Motion, a journal entry will be placed on the offender’s
REEP will not answer phone inquiries about the status of any application or Motion. Please review the docket for the
answers to any questions. Offenders who have applied and have questions, are directed to contact their case managers,
who in turn, will contact REEP. Offenders who have counsel and have filed a Motion for Judicial Release, should contact
their attorneys to contact the Court.