Transforming the Hustle After Incarceration: Join Us for Our April Dine & Discuss

Join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 23 at Valentino’s, 5022 S. 108th St., for our April Dine & Discuss event. The topic is life after incarceration and improving the lives, and supporting the community re-entry, of returning citizens.
Our guest speaker is Jasmine L. Harris, MPH, Post-Release Program Manager,  Defy Ventures Nebraska.
Jasmine is a public health professional who is passionate about criminal and juvenile justice reform, social justice issues and women’s rights. Jasmine has been effecting change in the Omaha community through advocacy and civic-engagement efforts that heighten awareness of the barriers people with criminal histories face.
A bit about Defy Ventures:
Defy Ventures recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs. We “transform the hustle” of our currently and formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation. We give our EITs a legitimate chance to succeed and equip them to become profitable entrepreneurs, stellar employees, engaged parents, and committed role models and leaders in their communities. We intentionally build life-giving, authentic community between EITs and our executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity.

Support LB 869, A Benefit to Juvenile Justice

The Leagues of Women Voters of Nebraska and Greater Omaha support LB 869, introduced by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks. The bill would change provisions relating to sealing of juvenile records.

Read testimony in support of LB 869 from LWVNE president Sherry Miller and policy director John Else: Else_Miller Letter LB 869 020918.


Coming in March: The First Annual Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum on the State of Juvenile Justice in Nebraska

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is proud to present an annual forum on juvenile justice, dedicated to long-time LWVGO volunteer and juvenile justice advocate.

Kim Culp was the founding Director of the Douglas County Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) by engaging and developed a myriad of programs through the JAC and nonprofits in Omaha, always with an emphasis on relationship building, cultural competence and understanding the impact of the child welfare system on children’s lives.

After retirement, Kim was active in the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, serving as Vice-President at the time of her passing in May 2017.


The Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum on the State of Juvenile Justice in Nebraska will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in Room 201 at the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 6001 Dodge Street.

There will be a panel presentation by these key individuals working in the juvenile justice field:

Chris Rodgers, Douglas County Commissioner

Jeanne Brandner, Assistant Deputy,
Probation-Juvenile Division

Anne Hobbs, PhD, Director, UNO Juvenile Justice Institute

Juliet Summers, JD, Juvenile Justice Policy Coordinator, Voices for Children

Julie Rogers, Inspector General, Child Welfare & Juvenile Probation

Download the info sheet. Find out more on our Facebook page.

The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project works to free convicts who are wrongly imprisoned using DNA. In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, Geri Simon talks with Tracy Hightower-Henne, the director of the Nebraska Innocence Project about their work.

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or Centurylink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube.