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Re-entry Roundtable in Bellevue

Please join the Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee for a roundtable conversation on reentry issues in Nebraska

October 27, 2015

7:00 – 8:30pm

Bellevue University, Criss Auditorium, 1000 Galvin Rd. S, Bellevue, NE 68005 (map)


Ellen Brokofsky, Probation Administrator

Ros Cotton, Chair of the Nebraska Parole Board

Scott Frakes, Department of Correctional Services Director

Corey Steel, Supreme Court Administrator 


Learn about the impact of new legislation, including LB 605, on how people involved in the criminal justice system return to their communities. Hear about new policies directly from the heads of Nebraska’s criminal justice entities. Discuss community reentry issues and new ideas to enhance Nebraska’s reentry system.


Sponsored jointly by:              

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

Office of Probation Administration

Nebraska Parole Board

Council of State Governments Justice Reinvestment Initiative


  Thanks to Bellevue University, our gracious host for this event!

For more information:

Sara Friedman
Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Council of State Governments Justice Center
Office: 646-753-5214
Cell: 646-787-5254

Freed for Life Dinner 2015 – November 8, 2015

Empowered by the Good News of Jesus Christ, the mission of Freed for Life is to bring new life and hope to the incarcerated and to those who are reentering society by raising financial support and public awareness of prison ministry throughout the Nebraska Synod, ELCS.

The annual Freed for Life Dinner will be held Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Rd. (70th & Old Cheney Rd.), Lincoln, NE. (map)

The Keynote Speaker this year will be Ms. Mary Mortenson, Director, Prison Congregations of America.

You may register online here.

Download the flyer and mail-in registration at this link –> FreedForLife2015.

For more information see

Mental Health Association Fund Raiser Monday October 12, 2015

HomeB.A.S.E (Bullying And Suicides Eliminated) is teaming up with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the Lincoln Police Department, and Our Saviour Lutheran Church to host a spaghetti dinner.  Proceeds will assist the Mental Health Association of Nebraska’s in facilitating WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) support groups in Lincoln and Lancaster County Middle/High schools, provide teacher and student education and outreach services.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in Nebraska. Bullying is an ongoing issue for youth of all ages.  There are resources and services we can provide to our young people to better cope with negative experiences.  MHA believes with prevention measures and education we will see less of our youth in the adult behavioral health world. Outside funding sources are in the works, but the need is immediate as we respond to requests from educators and the community.

The HomeB.A.S.E. Spaghetti Dinner will take place on Monday, October 12th, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., in the basement of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (map).   Entry to the event will be a free will donation. Have fun with some wonderful raffle prizes and silent auction items.  Hear community speakers share their experiences. Lincoln and Lancaster County youth will support the cause by helping to serve you.

If you are not able to attend the fundraiser, but are still interested in supporting our youth, please contact, Destenie Commuso WRAP Facilitator, at 402-441-4371. Spread the word and invite your friends.

Concert and Cream! An outdoor concert.

The Concert and Cream outdoor concert featuring the Grateful Heart Quartet and the Berean Church ensemble Epic will be held at 6:30 P.M. On Sunday, August 23, 2015 at the Antelope Park Band Shell, 23rd & N to 33rd & Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln.

Hear a brief report of God’s work in the local jail ministry and come see the 50ft banana split!

For more information click here to view or print the flyer.