Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Nebraska

I. Nebraska Workforce Development – Department of Labor

Contact:
Nebraska Workforce Development - Department of Labor
550 S.16th St.
P.O. Box 94600
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-3405
Web Site: dol.nebraska.gov/

Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to:
• potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories;
• service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and
• researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

A. Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

Contact:
Nebraska Workforce Development
550 S. 16th St.
P.O. Box 94600
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-2693
402-471-3050 fax
Web Site: https://dol.nebraska.gov/center.cfm?PRICAT=2&SUBCAT=1C5

B. Tax Credits
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit to reduce the federal tax liability of private for profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals from eight different targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.

Contact:
Nebraska Workforce Development - Department of Labor
550 S. 16th St.
P.O. Box 94600
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-2693
402-471-2318 fax

C. Unemployment Insurance Office
Unemployment compensation is a social insurance program designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work, generally through no fault of their own, for periods between jobs. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work.

The unemployment compensation program is based upon federal law, but administered by states under state law.

Unemployment insurance benefit claims in Nebraska are filed by calling a Claims Center and completing the claim by telephone. Lincoln Claims Center P.O. Box 95200 Lincoln, Nebraska 68501 402-458-2500 402-458-2595 fax Omaha Claims Center P.O. Box 642330 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 402-829-2800 402-829-2895 fax

Contact:
Toll Free: 877-725-9918
Web Site: www.dol.nebraska.gov

Contact:
Lincoln Claims Center
P.O. Box 95200
Lincoln, NE 68501
402-458-2500
402-458-2595 fax

Contact:
Ohama Claims Center
P.O. Box 642330
Omaha, NE 68164
402-829-2800
402-829-2895 fax

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II. Criminal Record Repository
This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.

The public may request a conviction-only Record of Arrest and Prosecution (RAP) sheet. Only records with dispositions are released except if an arrest without a disposition is less than one year old. There is a $15 processing fee charged to the customer making the request. Requests may be made in person or by mail or by fax if pre-paid. The following information is required: full name, date of birth, social security number, and any alias.

Contact:
Nebraska State Patrol Headquarters
Criminal Identification Division
1600 NE Highway, #2
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-4545
Web Site: https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-csi/public/programs

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III. State Attorney General

Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

Contact:
Office of the Attorney General
2115 State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-2682
402-471-3297 fax
Web Site: www.ago.state.ne.us

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IV. State Department of Corrections

Prison Industry Program

Cornhusker State Industries manufactures products for sale to other state agencies. Products manufactured include metal and wood furniture, library fixtures, picnic tables, customized furniture, furniture reconditioning and re-upholstering, dorm furniture, health care furniture, health care case goods, dry goods, paints and stains, janitorial supplies, signage and outdoor accessories.

Contact:
Cornhusker State Industries
800 Pioneers Rd.
Lincoln, NE 68502
402-471-1259
Web Site: www.corrections.state.ne.us/csi/about.html

Work Release Program

There does not appear to be a work release program operational in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

Contact:

Pre-Release Program

Life skills courses include cognitive thinking, work attitude and behavior, parenting, relationships, orientation to school and HIV-AIDS. Pre-release courses include seeking employment, money management, housing information, interpersonal skills, healthcare, and community resources on parole. These courses are offered as needed and are intended for inmates within six months of release. Pre-release provides a review of topics that may have been covered in other courses as well as new topics that relate directly to release on parole.

Contact:
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
P.O. Box 94661
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-2654
Web Site: www.corrections.state.ne.us

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V. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

Adult Parole Administration

Contact:
Program and Community Services
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
P.O. Box 94661
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-479-5771
402-479-5804 fax
Web Site: www.corrections.state.ne.us

Contact:
Office of Probation Administration
1220 State Capitol Building
P.O. Box 98910
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-3730
402-471-2197 fax
Web Site: supremecourt.ne.gov/probation

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VI. Legal Assistance

Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law, are helpful to individuals with criminal histories in learning about relevant state laws governing the expungement or sealing of criminal histories or addressing other legal issues resulting from having a criminal history.

 

A. State Public Defender

Public Defender Offices are located in various counties throughout Nebraska.

Contact:
Nebraska Commission of Public Advocacy
The Apothecary Building, Suite 270
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-7774
402-471-8087 fax
E-Mail: advocate@ncpa.state.ne.us
Web Site: www.nol.org/home/ncpa

Contact:
555 S. 10th St., Room 202
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-441-7631
Web Site: lancaster.ne.gov/pdefen/

Contact:
Madison County Public Defender
Web Site: madisoncountyne.com/pd.htm

B. Legal Services

The mission of Nebraska Legal Services is to promote justice, dignity and self-sufficiency through civil legal aid for those who have no where else to turn. To find NLS services in your area, visit their website: www.nebls.com AccessLine: 877-250-2016 Native American Program: 800-729-9908 Farm Hotline: 800-464-0258 Spanish: 877-669-8898

Contact:
Nebraska Legal Services
Law Building, Suite 300
500 So. 18th St.
Omaha, NE 68102
402-348-1069 or for legal assistance call AccessLine 877-250-2016
402-348-1068 fax
Web Site: www.nebls.com

The Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, Inc., is a non-profit, non-partisan law project committed to equal justice for all Nebraskans.

Contact:
Nebraska Appleseed
941
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-438-8853
Web Site: www.neappleseed.org

Contact:
The Nebraska State Bar Association
Volunteer Lawyers Project
P.O. Box 81809
Lincoln, NE 68501
402-475-7091

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
Nebraska State Bar Association
635 S. 14th St.
P.O. Box 81809
Lincoln, NE 68501
402-475-7091
Web Site: www.nebar.com

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VII. Local Service Providers

Community agencies are available to assist individuals with criminal records find employment. This information will inform individuals with criminal records about government agencies and community-based organizations that assist with employment, education or vocational training. Researchers and policy makers may find this information useful in identifying agencies and service providers in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.

Nebraska Workforce Development Career Centers

One-Stop Centers are also known as Nebraska Workforce Development Career Centers. Services offered include initial assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities and supportive service needs, job search and placement assistance, follow-up including counseling for not less than one year following job placement, development of an employment plan, and pre-vocational services such as the development of communication and interviewing skills, punctuality, personal maintenance and professional conduct. Self help software, videos, computers, Internet access, fax and copier machines are also available.

Contact:
Office of Workforce Services
Nebraska Workforce Development - Department of Labor
550 S. 16th St.
P.O. Box 94600
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-9948
Web Site: dol.nebraska.gov

Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Goodwill Industries, Inc. prepares people for jobs and matches them with local employers. Services range from personal evaluation and office skills training to career counseling, childcare and transportation. Because each local community has different needs, programs and services vary from location to location.

Contact:
Central Nebraska Goodwill Industries, Inc.
1804 S. Eddy St.
Grand Island, NE 68802
308-384-7896
308-384-9231 fax
Web Site: www.goodwill.org/states/ne/grand_island.htm

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.

Goodwill Industries, Inc. prepares people for jobs and matches them with local employers. Services range from personal evaluation and office skills training to career counseling, childcare and transportation. Because each local community has different needs, programs and services vary from location to location.

Contact:
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
2100 Judson St.
Lincoln, NE 68521
402-438-2022
402-438-2167 fax
Web Site: www.lincolngoodwill.org

Goodwill Industries, Inc. Serving Eastern Nebraska & Southwest

Goodwill Industries, Inc. prepares people for jobs and matches them with local employers. Services range from personal evaluation and office skills training to career counseling, childcare and transportation. Because each local community has different needs, programs and services vary from location to location.

Contact:
Goodwill Industries, Inc. Serving Eastern Nebraska & Southwest
1111 S. 41st St.
Omaha, NE 68105
402-341-4609
402-341-3061 fax
Web Site: www.goodwillomaha.com

Omaha Con-nections

Omaha Con-nections offers instruction in job readiness skills, survival skills and services for veterans who have criminal histories. They offer written/visual materials for use with pre-release populations. In addition, job development services are available. Referrals come from direct service providers as well as direct contact from prison visits. Staff is also available for training criminal justice programs on how to prepare individuals for re-integration to society.

Contact:
Omaha Con-nections
4140 N. 42nd St.
Omaha, NE 68111
402-451-1100
402-455-8898 fax
Web Site: www.omahacon-nections.com

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