RISE

Policy & Advocacy

2020 Priority Issues and Policy Agenda

Priority Issues

  • Cash bail reform
  • Diversion and alternative programs
  • Parole process and eligibility
  • Correctional improvements
  • Mental, behavioral healthcare
  • Reentry barriers
  • Voting rights

Policy Agenda

  • Decreased Incarcerated Population

    • LB916 - Appropriate funds to the Department of Correctional Services for a community corrections facility
      • RISE’s Position: Oppose
      • Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee
      • Click here for RISE’s testimony on LB916
    • LB1004 - Change provisions relating to parole eligibility
      • RISE’s Position: Support
      • Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
      • Click here for RISE's testimony on LB1004
    • LB1209 - Provide a diversion program for caregivers
      • RISE’s Position: Support
      • Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
      • Click here for RISE’s testimony on LB1209
  • Improved Conditions

    • LB786 - Change rules on the use of restrictive housing and require screenings for serious mental illness, developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries
      • RISE’s Position: Support
      • Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
    • LB1171 - Change provisions under the Healthy Pregnancies for Incarcerated Women Act
      • RISE’s Position: Support
      • Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
      • Click here for RISE’s testimony on LB1171
    • LB1208 - Change provisions relating to restrictive housing, immediate segregation, discipline, and other conditions of confinement in state correctional facilities
      • RISE’s Position: Support
      • Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
  • Equitable Economic and Social Progress

    • LB805 - Provide an income tax deduction for certain wages paid to individuals convicted of a felony
      • RISE’s Position: Support
      • Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
    • LR286CA - Constitutional amendment to remove felony convictions other than treason from being a disqualification for voting 
      • RISE’s Position: Support
      • Status: Referred to Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee
    • LB986 - Prescribe requirements for public colleges and universities regarding criminal history and juvenile court record information
      • RISE’s Position: Support
      • Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
      • Click here for RISE’s testimony on LB986
    • LB1038 - Change provisions relating to eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits
      • RISE’s Position: Support
      • Status: Referred to Health & Human Services Committee
      • Click here for RISE’s testimony on LB1038
    • LB1157 - Provide for counting Nebraska residents in Nebraska prisons for redistricting purposes
      • RISE’s Position: Support
      • Status: Referred to Executive Board
      • Click here for RISE’s testimony on LB1157

Upcoming Events & Articles

As America is dealing with COVID-19, civil unrest and a great political division, we would be remiss to not mention that 2020 is an historical election year. Elections are important especially because the elected officials’ duties will include enacting policies that affect people who are currently and formerly incarcerated.

In Nebraska, people who were arrested, awaiting trial, convicted of or on probation for a misdemeanor can vote!

When a person completes their 2 year waiting period after finishing their sentence requirements, they DO NOT need documentation to prove their legal right to vote! This means just REGISTER and VOTE!


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