Nebraska State Probation System Reporting Centers
Reporting Centers provides a continuum of services for clients in one building, and under one roof. Services are evidence-based and developed tailored to the needs of the local population. Reporting centers assist in engaging offenders in rehabilitative services while simultaneously providing enhanced supervision through probation.
Reporting Centers have become integral to the success of the Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision program (SSAS) and to the reduction in recidivism.
Centers provide the following:
- Core program components include: Pre-treatment, Employment and Educational/Life skills classes and cognitive groups to assist clients in behavior change.
- Centers also offer services that are unique to the Judicial Districts where they are located. There are collectively over 143 different services within the eight Reporting Centers. These services include such things as: parenting, anger management, financial management, relapse prevention, victim impact classes, domestic violence classes, women’s groups, and Alcoholic Anonymous and Al-Anon meetings.
- Other services such as drug testing and ancillary assistance (transportation, leisure activities, clothing closets, computer labs) are also available.
History and Design of Nebraska’s Probation Reporting Centers
Between 2006-2007, seven reporting centers were opened serving the District and County Court’s higher risk offenders in the following counties: Sarpy, Otoe, Lancaster, Douglas, Dakota, Buffalo, and Dawson
Staff allocated to a reporting center includes 1 Coordinator, 1 Assistant Probation Officer, 1 clerical and depending on the location 1-2 Drug Technicians
Reporting centers are funded by a combination of general fund (staff), cash fund (services) and county dollars (operations)
Between 2011 and 2012 Reporting centers recorded over 50,000 visits to their programs and services and exceeded that number in 2013. There were over 51,000 visits recorded in 2013 within the Reporting Centers.
An average of 54% of those offenders accessing services fall into the “high-risk to recidivate” classification:
- Specialized Substance Abuse Services 11%
- Community Based Intervention (CBI) 27%
- Problem Solving Courts 11%
- Parole 3%
- Federal Probation 1%
- The remaining 46% are high-moderate to moderate offenders’ having high risk factors (i.e. substance abuse) in need of services or programming to prevent further recidivism. *
* Kim Bunch IT Application Analyst, Office of Probation Administration, June 2013 Reporting Center Report
Reporting centers also serve other individuals from the community such as family members of offenders under supervision by providing family orientation, pro-social activities, and open AA meetings.
In July 2013 Judicial District 12 opened a reporting center in Scottsbluff which is now offering five different services Judicial District 12 does not have the Specialized Substance Abuse Services program as a sentencing alternative available to the Court at this time.
Deb A. Minardi
Deputy Probation Administrator, Community Based Supervision Programs and Services Coordinator
Nebraska State Capitol, Room 1207
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2141
Fax: (402) 471-2197