September 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Alum Talks with Students about Work in Prison Reentry Program, Sept. 24

On Thursday, September 24,

Ohio University alum Campbell Bailey ’15 will be in the Center of Law, Justice and Culture to talk to any current Bobcats who are interested to learn about his position in a prison reentry program on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in Bentley 001.

Bailey earned a degree in Sociology/Criminology from the College of Arts & Sciences. He now works as a Jail Linkage Case Manager at Mid-Ohio Psychological Services (MOPS), a certified Mental Health Agency in Lancaster, OH, that serves Fairfield County.BAILEY

“So far, the job has been very rewarding,” Bailey says. “Many people coming out of jail are surprised to see the resources available in Fairfield County. Furthermore, I can see a difference in a person’s rehabilitation when they are actively connected to treatment and have access to food, medical, and a safe place to sleep. I learned a lot about reentry in school, but it is so much different when you get out into the field and see the social issues that people in poverty deal with.”

The work that Bailey does is part of a push to reduce recidivism, that is, offenders who reenter society being arrested again on a new charge shortly after their release. His position consists of interviews with offenders while they are incarcerated, a process called a “screen.” When those same people are released from jail, Bailey works with them to try to establish “links,” meaning at least two treatment appointments with MOPS or another treatment centers nearby. Those appointments are intended to help bring down the rates of recidivism, which Bailey keeps track of by checking the Sheriff’s Office’s booking records.

The program that he works in is made possible because of a grant from the county ADAMH Board (Alcohol Drug Addiction Mental Health). The grant is titled the Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Linkage Grant.

It is often very difficult, Bailey says, to engage with the people who are being released from jail. They have so much stacked against them, often including homelessness, food insecurity and a lack of access to cell phones. All of that sometimes makes the path that will land them back in jail the only one available to those who are released.

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