Nebraska Department of Corrections expanding reentry efforts
“Reentry starts at intake and is the focus throughout incarceration,” said Dawn-Renee Smith, deputy director for programs.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services announced a new initiative on Wednesday to expand reentry support services to all incarcerated people.
The department is partnering with Florida State University and Well-Being and Equity Innovations Inc. for the three-year initiative. They plan to provide the reentry support services using both correctional staff and peers.
“Reentry starts at intake and is the focus throughout incarceration,” said Dawn-Renee Smith, the department’s deputy director for programs. “As we infuse the principles of this initiative into our case management services and engage peers in the delivery, it will allow us to significantly expand reentry support and make those services even more meaningful for those who participate.”
The programs will help people in their transition from incarceration back into the community.
“NDCS has embraced the peer-led concept as we currently have peers delivering several programs, to include Intentional Peer Support, Thinking for a Change, 7 Habits on the Inside and Inner Circle,” Smith said. “With this program, we continue to lead the charge in utilizing peer relationships to better deliver rehabilitative programming.”
Meetings for the new initiative have already begun to get staff familiar with the program.
Early data show that program participants have increased overall well-being and reduced incarceration at eight and 15 months after release.
The partnership will result in expanded reentry services across all facilities, NDCS says.