Governor signes WEC funding bill
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- Today, State Sen. Mark Christensen, Imperial, stated, "I'm glad we are going to be able to direct approximately $40,000 of cash funds from inmate work release wages and court fees to a program that works. The Work Ethic Camp in McCook is doing a great job of helping offenders prepare for reentry into society. Continuing to fund the welding and technologies job training program is essential to that success."
LB 510, Introduced by Sen. Pirsch from Omaha, was passed by the Legislature April 8 and signed by the Governor today. The bill allows for up to 5 percent of an inmate's wages in the work release program and a $1 fee on each misdemeanor and felony conviction to be distributed to the Victim's Compensation fund and the Reentry Cash Fund. The Victim's Compensation Fund will receive 75 percent of the funds and the Reentry Cash Fund for WEC will receive the remaining 25 percent of the funds.
"I'm just thankful for the willingness of Sen. Pirsch and the Judiciary Committee to see the importance of maintaining an important program to give people a second chance to become productive citizens," said Christensen.