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.
Reentry is taxing financially, mentally, professionally, socially, and every way in between. Fortunately, RISE has some of the best supporters an organization can have. The RISE community has stepped up and out to cultivate a culture of empowerment, and for that, we're forever grateful.
RISE is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a grant from United Way of the Midlands. The generosity of United Way donors will help RISE’s post-release case management services ensure program graduates are connected to employment and housing opportunities.
With the suspension of the Nebraska Legislature due to COVID-19 and the whole world coming to almost a complete stop, this quarter gave us all the time to reflect on how we see the world.