Nebraska’s jail director tells North Omaha viewers, “We nonetheless have quite a bit to do” | Native information
Teela Mickles, a longtime lawyer for people in prison, put the meeting on what she called “the community”.
“There’s a balance here,” she said. “If we want to get to the core, we need to be more careful as a church. … There is a call to the community to do our part. These are our people. “
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On treatment, Frakes said the prison system is trying to address treatment before parole and plan treatment based on that. But he admitted that there is little treatment for sex offenders.
He said the treatment could not be coerced. He said solitary confinement is no longer being used for discipline, “a culture change,” because “it doesn’t work; it’s not effective.” He added that getting people to jail sometimes isn’t very effective either.
“But that’s another day, another story,” he said.
He said a recent agreement on higher wages for correctional staff will boost morale and retention, but that it can be difficult to prioritize public dollars for prisons with so many other competing community needs for money.
Frakes admitted that Nebraska’s system is in the works.
“We still have a lot to do,” he said.
Black Men United’s Willie Hamilton, who hosted the event, told the audience that the issue of what is happening inside the prison walls and after prison terms may not be resolved in as little as 90 minutes.