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Policy & Advocacy

2020 Priority Issues and Policy Agenda

2020 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

    • LB130 - Change membership provisions for the Board of Parole
      RISE’s position: Neutral
      Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee

    • LB269 - Change provisions regarding review of a committed offender's record by the Board of Parole
      RISE’s position: Neutral
      Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee

    • LB334 - Adopt the Community Work Release and Treatment Centers Act and change provisions relating to Board of Parole, the Department of Correctional Services, and the Office of Probation Administration
      RISE’s position: Neutral
      Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee

    • LB383 - Appropriate funds for capital construction
      RISE’s position: Oppose
      Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee

    • LB624 - Provide for earned time credit reductions to the minimum terms of sentences of offenders at facilities of NDCS
      RISE’s position: Support
      Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee

  • Improved Conditions

    • LB207 - Create a Death Penalty Defense Standards Advisory Council
      RISE' Position: Support
      Status: Indefinitely postponed
       
    • LB226 - State intent relating to appropriations for the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney and the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Geneva
      RISE's Position: Support
      Status: Indefinitely postponed
       
    • LB262 - Change membership and duties of long-term restrictive housing work group
      RISE's Position: Support
      Status: Indefinitely postponed
       
    • LB313 - Provide the office of Inspector General of the Nebraska Correctional System with oversight authority over regional centers
      RISE's Position: Support
      Status: Indefinitely postponed
       
    • LB345 - Prohibit mandatory overtime for certain state employees
      RISE's Position: Support
      Status: Indefinitely postponed
       
    • LB446 - State intent relating to appropriations for the County Justice Reinvestment Grant Program
      RISE's Position: Support
      Status: Indefinitely postponed
       
    • LB625 - Appropriate funds to the Department of Correctional Services
      RISE's Position: Support
      Status: Indefinitely postponed
       
    • LB739 - Change procedures and requirements for use of restrictive housing of inmates
      RISE's Position: Support
      Status: Indefinitely postponed
       
    • LB786 - Change rules on the use of restrictive housing and require screenings of inmates for serious mental illness, developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries
      RISE's Position: Support
      Status: Indefinitely postponed
       
    • LB1171 - Change provisions under the Healthy Pregnancies for Incarcerated Women Act
      RISE's Position: Support
      Status: Indefinitely postponed
       
    • LB1208 - Change provisions relating to restrictive housing, immediate segregation, discipline, and other conditions of confinement in state correctional facilities
      RISE's Position: Status
      Status: Indefinitely postponed

 

 

 

  • 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

The cash bail system continues to perpetuate cycles of poverty and incarceration. The ability of a person to afford the amount set to be released does not predict whether a person will appear for their court date or if they are a risk to public safety. It results in people who do not have disposable income spending days to months in jail that further impacts their livelihood.

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!


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