Reentry requires a systemic approach for incarcerated individuals to return to their communities. It is not a “program;” rather, it is an intentional mind-set or method of facilitating used to prepare individuals to be contributing members of a community.
• Provides increased public safety by reducing the number of future victims
o This is achieved by reducing the likelihood of continued criminal behavior, essentially lowering the recidivism rate
• Provides a plan for assessing and addressing risks and needs
o This plan involves a reentry-focused case management system from first contact to release and community reintegration
• Provides for a smooth transition of an individual from incarceration or court-ordered supervision into his/her community
o Facilitation of this transition includes a focus on discharge planning, family reunification, life skills and meaningful work
• Provides opportunities for career development and placement as a means of supporting oneself and one’s family
o These opportunities are enhanced through targeted vocational and life skills training programs
The criminal justice system cannot fully achieve comprehensive reentry services and planning without community providers. This solicitation is a continuation of the work being done inside NDCS facilities, which creates a bridge for the individual to successfully return to the community.
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is soliciting applications for vocational and life skills training programs to provide services to individuals who are currently incarcerated, under parole supervision, under probation supervision. Eligible program participants may access services for up to 18 months following release or discharge from supervision.
An annual allocation of $3.5 M is available each year of the two-year grant period. There is no set limit on the number of organizations that may be awarded.
Successful applicants will be capable of training this target population before and/or after release. Individuals receiving vocational and life skills training inside are more prepared to make significant strides toward a more positive reintegration to the community immediately upon release. Programs that deliver services inside and connect individuals to services on the outside further enhance the likelihood of successful reentry. These programs aid the department in increasing public safety, effectively reducing recidivism, providing meaningful vocational and life skills training, and facilitate the successful reentry as individuals return to their communities. Applicants must be able to identify how their program/services directly connect the participants with meaningful employment.
UNO Nebraska Center for Justice Research, "Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Reentry Initiative Vocational & Life Skills Program Grant Announcement - Application for Funding" (2017). Reports. 29.