Gov. Ricketts Goes “Face to Face” to Highlight Cultural Changes in State Corrections
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TECUMSEH – Governor Pete Ricketts recently became the latest governor to join the Face to Face initiative, a national call to action encouraging policymakers to personally engage with the people who are closest to the correctional system to gain a deeper appreciation of the challenges and unique realities they face.
As part of the initiative, Governor Ricketts visited the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP), Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW), and Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) where he met with corrections teammates and incarcerated individuals. The visits were organized by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.
“One of the things that we’re attempting to do in the department of corrections here in Nebraska is really a cultural change. It’s a change with not only our physical plant, but how we approach doing the business of corrections,” said Governor Ricketts during his visit. “It’s also about making sure we have the right people on board, and then holding people accountable for results, and that’s why we’ve put in all the process improvements. Thank you to the great men and women who are working each and every day to protect public safety and transform the lives of the people at Tecumseh and throughout our corrections system.”
During the visit to TSCI, which was coordinated by TSCI Warden Brad Hansen, Governor Ricketts met with NDCS supervisors and participants in a range of reentry programs offered at the facility. Through the programs, which focus on subjects like employment, behavioral health, and education, participants are taught the skills and tools necessary to help lead crime-free lives once released from incarceration. You can watch highlights from the Governor’s visit to TSCI here.
“Governor Ricketts’ commitment to NDCS is unprecedented in my corrections career,” said NDCS Director Frakes. “He regularly devotes time to walk around facilities and talk to team members, he attends inmate events, and has committed over $100 million to increase capacity. Public safety is a top priority and he has taken the time to get to know how prisons operate and how rehabilitation makes communities safer. I encourage each state corrections agency to participate in the Face to Face initiative to fully appreciate the challenging and unique work corrections professionals do every day.”
The Face to Face initiative—sponsored by the National Reentry Resource Center and CSG Justice Center in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), JustLeadershipUSA, and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)—was launched in August 2017 and has prompted both Republican and Democratic governors to meet with people impacted by the correctional system in their respective states.
To date, governors who have participated in the initiative include Dannel Malloy (D-CT), Gary Herbert (R-UT), Steve Bullock (D-MT), Brian Sandoval (R-NV), David Ige (D-HI), Nathan Deal (R-GA), Matt Bevin (R-KY), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), among several others.
Face to Face is made possible with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. For more information about the Face to Face initiative, including ways in which interested policymakers can get involved, visit www.CSGJusticeCenter.org/NRRC/Face-to-Face/ and follow #MeetFacetoFace on social media.