Nichole Hannahs

Creating a Caring Community

by Nichole Hannahs on February 20, 2014 at 6:54 am

In Muskingum County 260 people will return from incarceration and into the community.

A coalition of law enforcement, health professionals, faith based organizations and others are working together through the Re-Entry Coalition to make the transition easier for those returning to society.

"People that come back to the community are often scared," said President of Six County and Coalition Member James McDonald. "Many of them have never had gainful employment. Some of them have had strong histories of drug and alcohol abuse all of those things need to be addressed before they’re employable."

These organizations go to the prison and try and connect criminals with the help they need to be successful. Some once released will work for the Community Store learning job skills like showing up on time, appropriate dress and language.

They can then move to other jobs within the community. By helping these former criminals it in turn helps the community.

"I don’t want people walking out of the mall and being afraid to go to their cars," said McDonald. "Neighbors having to double lock their doors or feel anxious just when they’re walking their dog. We want a safe community. We want to manage the risk around our neighborhoods, around our schools and we think we can do that."

For more information on the coalition click on the web link to the left of this story.