Second Annual Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum Happening on April 24

LWVGO will be hosting the second annual Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center on UNO’s campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

EVENT PURPOSE

The purpose of the forum is to honor the work of Kim Culp, founding Director of the Douglas County Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), by engaging and informing the community on important issues affecting youth in the juvenile justice system.

Kim 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 May 2017 death.

OUR PANEL

Key individuals working in the juvenile justice field will share their insights about what’s working, what’s challenging and what they wish the public knew about their work with youth and families.

ANN HOBBS, UNO JUVENILE JUSTICE INSTITUTE

MARLON WOFFORD, NEBRASKA FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK

MARY VISEK, NEBRASKA JUVENILE PROBATION

THE HONORABLE VERNON DANIELS, DOUGLAS COUNTY JUVENILE COURT

SENATOR TONY VARGAS, NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE

LWVNE Testimony Supporting LB 230

On Feb. 13, the League of Women Voters of Nebraska submitted testimony in support of LB 230, a bill to provide for room confinement of juveniles as prescribed.

On Feb. 14, members of the Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the bill, but did not take any immediate action.

Download the submitted testimony or read the full text below.

Dear Senator Lathrop and Members of the Committee,

We write in support of Senator Pansing Brooks’  LB 230. The League of Women Voters of Nebraska supports a correctional system that provides for humane treatment of an accused or incarcerated offender, both juvenile and adult.

This seems to be a simple bill that provides important and humane constraints on the use of room confinement for juvenile offenders living in confinement facilities.  These limitations are critically important to the mental health and development of youth. The required report and rigid timeline will assure that there is timely awareness of the use of such confinement in youth facilities and will enable the Legislature to hold facilities accountable.  

We hope this bill receive Committee approval and broad support by the Legislature.  

Sincerely,

John F. Else, Director of Social Policy                                                        

Sherry Miller, President

LWVNE Testimony Supporting LB 391

On Feb. 13, the League of Women Voters of Nebraska submitted testimony in support of LB 391, a bill to change duties of peace officers taking juveniles into custody or interrogating juveniles and prohibit use of statements taken in violation of the rights of a juvenile

Download the submitted testimony or read the full text below.

Dear Senator Lathrop and Members of the Committee,

We write in support of Senator Pansing Brooks’s LB 391.  The League of Women Voters of Nebraska supports a correctional system, including initial arrest, that provides for humane treatment of an accused offender, both juvenile and adult. 

LB 391  is a straight-forward bill that assures that arrested juveniles receive the same legal protections as adults, but including, in these cases, requirements that the parent, guardian, custodian, or relatives be informed so that they are able to provide advice and counsel to the youth.  It also requires access to an attorney, either paid by the arrested person (or adults in his/her life) or by the State.

It also provides for limits on use of adult facilities for youth.  It excludes use of such facilities for youth under 16 and places time limits (of time and location, and requires significant supervision) on use of such facilities for youth 16 years of age or older. 

All of these provisions seem basic and appropriate.  We hope the bill will receive Committee approval and broad support in the Legislature.     

Sincerely,

John F. Else, Director of Social Policy

Sherry Miller, President                                         

Learn About Courts and How They Affect Nebraskans: Courts Matter

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, Rebecca Langle, host and Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, talks with Robert McEwen, J.D., Legal Director at Nebraska Appleseed, about the Courts Matter Coalition of Nebraska.

The Courts Matter Coalition of Nebraska works to educate the public about the importance of federal judges, provide information about the judicial nominations process and mobilize communities to speak out and take action on federal judicial nominees. The Coalition monitors and takes action on federal judicial nominations because of the immense power held by the individuals who hold lifetime seats on the federal bench.

You can also listen to this episode via our podcast.

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. You can also listen to these episodes as podcasts on Podbean.

Watch the Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum

On March 22, 2018, LWVGO hosted the first-annual Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum. The forum, titled “The State of Juvenile Justice in Nebraska,” featured panelists: Chris Rodgers, Douglas County Commissioner; Jeanne Brandner, Deputy, Probation Administrator-Juvenile Services Division; Anne Hobbs, Director, UNO Juvenile Justice Institute; Juliet Summers, Juvenile Justice Policy Coordinator, Voices for Children and Julie Rogers, Inspector General, Child Welfare & Juvenile Probation. The forum was sponsored by LWVGO, the League of Women Voters of Nebraska and Partnership4Kids.

Kim Culp developed many programs through the Douglas County Juvenile Assessment Center and non-profits 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 and served as Vice President at the time of her death in May 2017.

Building Kids’ Foundations for Success: Join Us for Our May Dine & Discuss

Our May Dine & Discuss event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. (speaker begins at 5:30) on Monday, May 23 at Valentino’s, 5022 S 108th St.

Our guest speaker is Toia Phillips, High School Program Coordinator with Partnership 4 Kids.

Partnership 4 Kids is a goal setting and group mentoring program that builds hope for under-served students and helps them create a foundation for success from kindergarten to careers.

Toia and Partnership 4 Kids recently collaborated with the League by co-sponsoring the first annual Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum held this past March. She was an active and vital member of the forum planning committee.

You are welcome to come to listen to the speaker without purchasing a buffet meal. If you would like to eat, the buffet cost is $14.14.

Optional RSVP to our office omahalwv@gmail.com or 402-344-3701.

Anyone is welcome to attend. However, please be aware that the League of Women Voters never supports or opposes political parties or candidates. Advocacy on behalf of parties or candidates is not allowed at our meetings as we discuss the issues.

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.