Financial responsibility, moral fortitude and self worth are life skills being taught to Nebraska prisoners by a faith based non-profit. Executive Director Ruth Karlsson with the Released and Restored Program says their goal is help prisoners prepare for life once they return to the the working world.
“We have a curriculum,” Karlsson tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We go through as a cohort like we would go through medical or law school. Start together; end together.”
Karlsson says a key component of the program is helping prisoners address what she calls “thinking errors”.
“Thinking errors, such as lack of impulse control, cause me to spend more money, or money that I should be putting toward rent, to something that seems appealing to me at the time,” says Karlsson.
Karlsson believes ignoring such bad habits can lead ex-offenders to re-enter a life of crime. Addressing these psychological lapses is vital to successfully re-introducing released prisoners to the working world, according to Karlsson.
Operating out of six state prisons and the Lancaster County Detention Center, Karlsson says her organization has helped give over fourteen-hundred ex-offenders structure to their lives after release