Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $900,000)
The Correctional Adult Reentry Education, Employment, and Recidivism Strategies (CAREERRS) Program, a Second Chance Act program, is designed to help communities establish education, vocation, and job training programs in their correctional systems that address employment challenges facing incarcerated youth and adults re-entering those communities and the workforce.
The primary objectives of the CAREERRS Program are: 1) implement or expand educational, vocational, and employment programs for incarcerated juvenile and adult offenders that result in improved educational and employment outcomes, as measured by certifications and other credentials, diplomas, and jobs; and 2) demonstrate increased collaboration between educational and workforce service providers and corrections, community supervision providers, and other reentry stakeholders.
The recipient will use award funds to implement their Living in Freedom Everyday (LIFE) Project which is an education and employment initiative providing comprehensive case management with collaborative interaction and information sharing with program partners. The LIFE Project partners with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, the Nebraska Parole Board, and Nebraska Probation to improve communication and expand access to pre-release assessments, collaborative case management planning, and other supports for the 120 participants to reduce the likelihood of recidivism following release.