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In-Prison Program
In-Prison Program

RISE Programs

In-Prison Program

The RISE In-Prison Program is an intensive 6-month character development and job readiness program. We work with program participants to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset by taking ownership of their lives, developing positive relationships, and building meaningful life trajectories. 

Who can take the program?
Anyone who is currently incarcerated in a Nebraska state prison can take our 6-month program. Preference is given to people who are 1-5 years from reentry.

Where can people incarcerated take RISE's in-prison program?
Omaha Correctional Center (Omaha)
Nebraska State Penitentiary (Lincoln)
Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (York)
Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (Tecumseh)
Lincoln Correctional Center (Lincoln)
Community Correctional Center, Lincoln
Community Correctional Center, Omaha

How is the class taught?
RISE staff members facilitate engaging, discussion-based lessons every week. Builders work through a textbook and submit weekly assignments. Additionally, Peer Facilitators (graduates of the RISE program) play a key role in facilitating discussion in the classroom and mentoring RISE program participants.

How are you preparing people for reentry?
RISE offers an evidence-based program that addresses criminal thinking needs. Through our program, we empower participants to identify their own thinking errors and develop tools that lead to healthy thinking patterns and coping strategies, positive relationships and connections, and meaningful life trajectories. We help them focus on the person they are today, work with them to identify goals for their future, and provide support systems to meet their goals.

What kinds of job readiness programming is offered?
RISE takes a holistic approach to job readiness - from talking about "soft skills" such as communication and conflict management, to workplace etiquette, resumes, interview skills, and developing a career path.


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The RISE In-Prison Program continued to have programming delays in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as facilities would go into lockdowns for weeks - even months on end. However, our program participants and peer facilitators stayed focused and determined, often meeting with their fellow classmates in housing units, which allowed the program to stay on course.

"I’m not a competition guy. I'm a creation guy...when you are competing, compete in the spirit of creation. Compete in the spirit of bringing people together united and then we can all win. We can all rise above our current circumstances.”
- RISE Graduate

The 6th cohort in the Omaha Correctional Center graduated from the RISE reentry program in August 2021.