Lawmakers support inmate parenting program - Scottsbluff Area News, Sports, and Weather

Lawmakers support inmate parenting program

Posted: Updated:

Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill that supports a program to teach prison inmates how to be good parents.

The bill would let the state take over an existing inmate parenting program that was created by a nonprofit in 2009. Parents in the program are taught relationship and parenting skills.

Bill introducer Kate Bolz says currently, Nebraska's correctional facilities are at 148 percent capacity.

She says this program helps reduce the likelihood convicted parent will return to jail. "We need to change the way we do business," says Bolz. "We need to change our services so that we can move people back into the community and make sure that they don't come back to prison."

Senator Bolz says only about seven percent of the program's participants who have been released from jail have returned.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KDUH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.