By CSG Justice Center Staff
Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska became the latest elected official to join the Face to Face initiative (#MeetFacetoFace) by visiting the maximum-security Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in February 2018. Since the initiative’s launch late last year, a bipartisan group of 13 governors—7 Republicans, 6 Democrats—have participated in Face to Face events.
Over the course of his nearly four-hour visit, Gov. Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott R. Frakes met with corrections staff and participants of education, behavioral health and employment programs offered at the facility. The programs aim to provide participants with valuable skills and tools to help them safely and successfully transition back into their communities after release.
Face to Face—which is sponsored by the National Reentry Resource Center in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators, JustLeadershipUSA, and the National Center for Victims of Crime—challenges all elected officials to participate in a series of public activities through which they can interact with people who are in prison or jail, corrections officers, victims of crime, and others who have firsthand experience with the correctional system.
Read more about Gov. Ricketts’ Face to Face visit.