Why is there a need for a Schools Work Group?

Schools and their community partners can play an important role in preventing youth from entering the juvenile justice system, and in helping them achieve long-term success after system involvement. Today, schools can serve as an entry point for many youth into juvenile justice, either through truancy violations or school-based arrests. Schools, system actors, and community partners can work together to ensure success of Douglas County’s youth.

What is the focus of the Schools Work Group?

The schools work group has identified three focus areas at the intersection of schools and the juvenile justice system:

  1. Reducing the need for school-based arrests: Arrests while at school directly channel youth into the system and are a symptom of the broader school to prison pipeline.
  2. Improving outcomes related to school re-entry (following an extended absence due to justice system involvement): System-involved youth often face challenges readjusting to the school environment or academic demands (which may have also been a struggle prior to system involvement)

While not a priority at this time, the schools work group also identified school climate as a driver of student engagement that affects juvenile justice outcomes.

Meeting Location & Dates

School-Based Arrest Task Force

  • Monthly on the 4th Tuesday at the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

School Re-Entry Task Force

  • Monthly on the 4th Thursday at Westside ABC Building, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

School-Based Arrest Task Force Members

Darci Poland

Shannan Garcia

Christine Jurgens

*Vince Furlong

James Hubbard

* Working group co-chair

*Dr. Carrie Mohr

Cara Stirts

Sgt. Amos Shepherd

Ofcr. Anthony Desciscio

Ofcr. Raymond Carlisle

Anthony D’Esposito

Ofcr. Nathan Dickey

Ofcr. Felicia Merritt

School Re-Entry Task Force Members

Jenny Brockman

Steve Snodgrass

*Darci Poland

Greg Emmel

* Working group co-chair

Shannan Garcia

Katie Hecht-Weber

James Hubbard

Dave Collins

*Jennifer Beck

Kylie Homan

Pat Frost

Dawnna Hill