Mr. Reed was appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) by Governor Kasich in March 2011. Governor Kasich also appointed Reed as chairperson of the Ohio Interagency Task Force on Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, which is addressing the challenges of delinquent youth who suffer from serious mental illness or emotional and behavioral disorders. The Task Force is working to ensure that these youth receive the services they need and that psychiatric residential treatment is available for those with the most significant illnesses.
With over 37 years of experience working in Ohio’s juvenile corrections system, he is committed to connecting youth and their families. Under his leadership, DYS established a free transportation service for families of youth in DYS facilities, implemented a Family Finding program, and enhanced parole services to more fully engage families.
Director Reed is leading DYS to enhance community options for serving youth. Whenever possible, youth who are at lower risk to reoffend are served with appropriate treatment closer to family in their local communities. The DYS facility population was around 775 youth when Mr. Reed was appointed Director. In February 2014, the average daily facility population was 497 youth.
Frequently Director Reed encourages youth by telling them, “Where you are doesn’t define who you are and what you can become.” With this belief core to his leadership style, DYS now uses a variety of evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). A Youthful Offender Release Identification Card is now provided upon a youth’s release to help access needed services such as housing, education and treatment. Through the “Second Chance Act,” mentoring services are assisting youth with reentry challenges. The Collateral Sanctions Bill (S.B. 337) reduces those barriers that continue to impact juveniles after incarceration in order to give youth a fresh start upon returning home.
Prior to his appointment to DYS, Mr. Reed was the Superintendent of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Youth Center. Under his leadership, the detention center reduced its operational costs while preserving the safety and security of staff and residents. Mr. Reed was instrumental in improving services to the court and community, reducing hiring costs, achieving accreditation with multiple professional organizations and developing and managing an early release process for appropriate juveniles.
In his spare time, Mr. Reed is active with the Young Scholars Leadership Program at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati Mr. Reed is a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, the Ohio Wardens and Superintendents Association, the Ohio Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition, the Ohio Juvenile Detention Director’s Association and the Ohio Housing and Homelessness Collaborative. He has participated on the board for the “Reaching Out for Kids” program as well as a criminal justice advisory board for Xavier University. Reed earned a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.