Overhaul Of The Criminal Justice System Organized By Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman And The Council Of State Governments Justice

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In 2015, Nebraska embarked on a restructuring of the criminal justice system organized by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG) to introduce a wide-ranging study using a data-driven method to decrease recidivism and improve over-crowding in the prison system. The goal of this proposal is to implement Thinking for a Change (T4C) program training to Nebraska correction officers, probation, and social workers who work for the State of Nebraska. Thinking for a Change (T4C) is a highly structured CBT program that has been shown to have encouraging effects on recidivism. Developed by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is intended to show offenders that if their thinking can be controlled they can also control their life. “T4C teaches offenders how to increase problem-solving skills and respond to the feelings of others by allowing them to address their cognitive, social, and emotional needs” (Crime Solutions, 2013). Corrections professionals will implement this program in the prison, parole, and community corrections settings. According to the mission of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services is to “create and maintain a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and confidence by providing quality training and development opportunities for corrections professionals” (Frakes, 2015). The goal of this project is to reduce recidivism and overcrowding in the criminal justice system through the…

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