January 8, 2020 at 12:47 pm

Alumni | Lowe Enjoys Work as Data Analyst for Prosecutor’s Office

Lauren Lowe

Lauren Lowe’s primary role at the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office is as a Data Analyst. Her duties can vary pretty drastically day-to-day, but generally they include monitoring inmates’ jail calls and reviewing records that the office requests for cases they are prosecuting or investigating.

Lowe earned her B.A. in Sociology-Criminology with a minor in Spanish and Marketing in 2016 followed by a M.A. in Sociology in 2017 from Ohio University.

She is certified in a program called Cellebrite, which is a tool used by law enforcement to extract data from cell phones. This is an important way to get critical information belonging to defendants, victims, and witnesses. This information can further aid in getting search warrants, which she has also assisted with. One of her favorite parts of the job is when she gets to assist in the field.

“My sociology degree has helped me understand why people do the things that they do and has helped me to have a bigger perspective on other factors that are contributing to a situation or a crime,” Lowe says.

She explains that they see a lot of people in Athens County struggle financially and with substance abuse. Keller J. Blackburn, the elected county prosecutor, has done great work implementing programs within their office to help people with these struggles. One such program is their Vivitrol program, which is a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program that helps individuals overcome opiate and alcohol addictions. In addition to helping participants secure counseling, they have also assisted with helping them get housing, jobs, education, and whatever else might fit their unique circumstances. By doing this, they help people have a stronger connection to their community and provide them with the tools to prevent them from re-offending.

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