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March 13 marked the second “Pass It On” graduation at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). Pass It On was developed by LaVon Stennis-Williams, Executive Director of ReConnect, Inc. in recognition of men serving long or life sentences. This 5-week program provides offenders the knowledge and tools to help grow their capacity to think, do and be better, which in turn empowers other men to do the same. The program helps participants develop greater self-awareness, resiliency, inter-personal skills, problem solving and communication skills, while transforming them into ambassadors for change throughout the entire...Read more

Team members at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) recently repurposed and decorated a new mothers’ room, which officially opened on Feb. 15. The room – located just off the break room – offers a quiet, convenient and private place for nursing mothers to pump and store breast milk during working hours. Unit Manager Ronna Courtney and Facility Maintenance Supervisor Jeremiah Barns were instrumental in getting the project off the ground. “(Breastfeeding) is a choice that parents make and you want to be supported in that decision,” Courtney said. This room has given Courtney a space where she feels taken care of and valued.Read more

The Harambee Afrikan Cultural Organization at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) held its annual Black History Month Symposium on Feb. 22. The meeting consisted of cultural food, speeches, poetry and a keynote address. Several outside volunteers attended and participated along with the organization members. The Harambee Afrikan Cultural Organization is dedicated to violence prevention, keeping youth from gang activity and education on African history and culture.Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Property Intake Corporal Todd Pella processes property the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). Pella has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2007. His main job duties include processing property transports, taking inventory and storing property. “I try to keep the population happy by following through,” Pella said. “I try to make it as easy going for them as I can.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

Read the Lincoln Journal Star's article on the Nebraska State Penitentiary's (NSP) Veteran's Unit: http://journalstar.com/news/local/nebraska-prison-unit-for-veterans-helps-men-rediscover-honor-and/article_0fdb4a70-c911-572d-b0a5-d8b5fcc428a2.htmlRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Unit Manager Rowan Taylor jokes with an incarcerated individual at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC). Taylor has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2014. Her main job duties include handling inmate and team member concerns within her unit, teaching Thinking for a Change (T4C) and facilitating Inner Circle. “I started this job to get experience in social work, not thinking I’d be here more than a year,” Taylor said. “I ended up realizing I really, really liked it. This is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

In National Geographic's book "LOVE Unleashed" by Rebecca Ascher-Walshis is a chapter called Rosco (page 37). Rosco is a Domesti-PUPS therapy/service dog trained at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). He now belongs to a child with cerebral palsy. The chapter mentions both NSP and the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC). It references Rosco’s graduation, training and the benefits to the public and the incarcerated individuals involved.Read more

The Community Justice Center (CJC) completed its 57th Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) on Feb. 8. Eighty percent of class participants said they gained insight into who their victims really are and how their decisions impacted their victims and communities. "It gave insight on how many people I harmed," one participant said. "Where I thought it was one – I realized it was many more."Read more

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