RISE

New Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

Jasmine L. Harris, MPH, CHES

Change in Nebraska's criminal justice landscape.

Jasmine Harris is transitioning to RISE's new Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. In this role, Jasmine's focus is to influence advocacy initiatives and advance large-scale reform. The overall goals are to help reduce the population of incarcerated individuals and eliminate the barriers people endure upon returning home after incarceration in Nebraska. Establishing relationships with partners, policymakers and community members are essential in this role.

Jasmine's background in coalition building around substance use policy and prevention efforts has paved the way for her to build her community advocacy and create awareness and influence the advancement of legislation and policy that benefits people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.  During her time as the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals Civic Engagement Committee Chair, Jasmine led the group in efforts that raised awareness about criminal justice issues and established the Black & Brown Legislative Day, which created an opportunity for youth and people of color to learn more about the legislative processes in Nebraska's unicameral.

With her wealth of knowledge, organization and community connections, and proven work ethic, Jasmine has the opportunity to utilize this position to create real change in Nebraska's criminal justice landscape.


RISE Academy in Nebraska graduates its first cohort at the Lincoln Correctional Center! Hope wakes us up - inspires us to make things happen. Hope gives us the courage to change our circumstances. With this graduating class of RISE, we’re confident they’re finding a little more hope in their days.

People with felony convictions in Nebraska can vote 2 years after they complete all requirements of their sentence! This means people can vote 2 years after they are released or complete parole/probation. 

The RISE Nebraska in-prison team has been working diligently to continue programming in correctional facilities, in spite of the COVID-19 health pandemic. Get your in-prison program updates here!