The NDCS Reentry Initiative involves a systemic approach for individuals to return to their communities. Reentry is not a “program”, it is an intentional mind-set; it is a method of facilitating the incarcerated and/or supervised individual’s return to his/her community as a productive and law abiding citizen.
Provides increased public safety by reducing the number of 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
UNO Nebraska Center for Justice Research, "Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Reentry Initiative Vocational & Life Skills Program Grant Announcement - Application for Funding" (2014). Reports. 31.