Diagnostic & Evaluation Center
Fred Britten, Warden
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) was established by the Nebraska State Legislature in 1976 as part of Legislative Bill 984. Construction was completed in June of 1979 and the new institution was opened in August of 1979 as a 176-bed, maximum custody, reception, diagnostic, evaluation, assessment, classification and assignment facility.
As provided by State Statute, all adult males sentenced to the Department of Correctional Services by the County and District courts of the State of Nebraska are received into the correctional system at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center. In addition, the institution houses ninety-day evaluators sentenced by the court for assessment, county safe keepers, interstate transfers and returned parolees and escapees.
The single structure, two-story institution consists of nine inmate housing units and a Skilled Nursing Facility, which includes nine licensed hospital beds and a fully staffed initial admission clinic. Administrative offices and the Skilled Nursing Facility are located on the upper level of the institution. All other inmate housing, as well as programming areas, including a gymnasium and custody and case management offices, are located on the lower level.
DEC has been accredited by the American Correctional Association since 1981.
- Preferred hours for receiving new commitments are during normal business hours from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Commitments may
be made outside of these hours with prior approval of the receiving facility.
- We request that you call or fax the name(s), date(s) of birth, and approximate time of arrival at least 24 hours in advance of bringing in new commitments. For male
admissions, call the Diagnostic & Evaluation Center Admissions Office at (402) 471-3330 or by fax at (402) 479-6368. Contact the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women
for female admissions at (402) 362-3317 ext 218 or 215 or by fax at (402) 362-3892.
- Commitment Orders must accompany each new commitment.
- Commitment Orders should contain the date the sentence was imposed and/or is to commence; the specific offense(s); class of felony or misdemeanor for the offense(s)
convicted; length of sentence(s) imposed; amount of jail time credit, if any; and if the sentence is to be consecutive or concurrent to any other charges or commitment orders.
If the offense is drug related, the type of drug should also be noted.
- If a Pre-sentence Investigation was completed, a copy should accompany the new commitment.
- Any medical/mental health information available should be provided to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services at the time of admission including medical and
mental health history, present treatment, and current medication.
- At the time of admission, inmates will be permitted to retain the following items.
- One watch
- One wedding band or ring
- One commercial religious medallion (no homemade or hobby-made items are permitted)
- One Bible/Qur'an or other book of sacred writings
- Photographs (no nude photos, altered photos, or photos with foreign materials or objects attached; no gang-related photos; photos of criminal activity or photos of
other inmates). Limit of 25 photographs per inmate.
- Letters (postmarked less than one week prior to the date of admission to the Department)
- Personal papers (legal papers, addresses, etc.)
- Prescribed medications will be accepted and sent to our Health Services Department for evaluation and reissue if appropriate.
- Prescription eye glasses and glasses case, if applicable.
- Inmates who arrive wearing prosthesis and possess personal property related to the care and function for the prosthesis may retain them in their possession. Knee braces,
back braces, etc., not being worn by the inmate shall be retained by Admissions and sent to Health Services for their evaluation of need. If Health Services determines that
the inmate does not need the prosthesis, the inmate will be required to send it out.
- Inmates who, at admission, have items they claim are necessary for the practice of their religion will have these items stored until received by the Religious
Coordinator and Assistant Warden. The Warden will approve or disapprove their inclusion in the inmate's property.
- Money brought in by an inmate will be receipted and placed in the inmate's institutional account.
- Items not on this approved list will not be accepted or allowed in the institution. Counties should make every effort to dispose of materials not allowed prior to
bringing the inmate.
Due to the short length of stay at the institution, there are no industry programs and limited education programs. Each newly admitted inmate, following review of the admission order to ensure legal commitment, begins participation in an intensive medical, psychological, and social assessment process. This process culminates in the finalization of an individual classification study and specific programming recommendations to the Classification Officer relative to custody status and institutional placement. Varied program services are offered and encouraged through recreation and library programs. The maintenance of family and community ties is encouraged through the visitation, mail and telephone programs. Religious programming is also available to the inmate population. Several other opportunities including Alcoholics Anonymous and a Pre-Release program are available for inmate participation.
Security Levels. Maximum
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has a liberal policy for visitation. Generally any family member or friend may visit as long as they do not have a recent criminal conviction, do not have criminal charges pending, are not on the visiting list of another inmate, are not a former employee, or pose any threat to the safety or security of the facility. Each visitation request is individually reviewed. Individuals wishing to visit an inmate at DEC must first obtain a "Visitor Request Form" (VRF) from the inmate they are requesting to visit. All persons wishing to visit must have their own VRF completed and approved. Minors up to age 19 must also have notarized, written permission from their parent or guardian to visit and must be accompanied by an approved adult. The completed VRF must be returned to DEC at the address shown on the form. Do NOT send the form to the inmate. It takes 2 - 3 weeks for the document to be processed. If the visitor applicant fails to answer all questions or provides false information on the form, this will likely result in the denial of visitation privileges. The inmate will notify you if your visitation form is approved or denied to visit.
|DEC Visit Times and Days
* Visiting days are established based on the last digit of the inmate's assigned institutional number.
|Wednesday (8:00-10:50 a.m.)
||Inmates assigned to DEC Hospital
|Wednesday (1:00-3:50 p.m.)
||Numbers ending in 0/1
|Thursday (8:00-10:50 a.m.)
||Numbers ending in 2/3
|Thursday (1:00-3:50 p.m.)
||Numbers ending in 4/5
|Friday (8:00-10:50 a.m.)
||Numbers ending in 6/7
|Friday (1:00-3:50 p.m.)
||Numbers ending in 8/9
|Saturday (8:00-10:50 a.m.)
||Numbers ending in 0/1/2
|Saturday (1:00-3:50 p.m.)
||Numbers ending in 3/4
|Sunday (8:00-10:50 a.m.)
||Numbers ending in 5/6/7
|Sunday (1:00-3:50 p.m.)
||Numbers ending in 8/9
May inmates make or receive telephone calls?
Inmates may not receive “incoming” telephone calls. All calls made by inmates must be “outgoing.” The facility has a computerized “Inmate Calling System” that allows each inmate to select up to 20 telephone numbers that are approved for his telephone list, including cellular phone numbers. He may make collect or debit calls to these approved numbers. Inmates are allowed up to 15 minutes of telephone time per day. All personal calls are monitored and recorded for security reasons. There are restrictions on the type of numbers that may be called. Three way and conferencing calls are not permitted. Inmates may not call staff, volunteers or other correctional facilities.
Legal calls to courts and attorneys are not monitored or recorded. If friends or family members are having trouble receiving calls from the facility they may contact GTL at 1-866-230-7761, www.connectnetwork.com or their local telephone company.
May money be sent to inmates?
Inmates may receive checks or money orders from family and friends as long as the person sending the money is not a parolee, NDCS volunteer, a family member of another inmate or on another inmate’s visiting list. All personal checks received are frozen for 21 calendar days before the inmate has access to the funds. Money orders are available to the inmate generally within three working days from the date it is received at the facility. Inmates may also receive funds electronically through Access Corrections. Family members and friends who meet the same requirements for checks and money orders may visit https://www.accesscorrections.com.
A personal check or money order should be made payable to the inmate using his full committed name and inmate institutional number. All checks and money orders must contain the sender’s full name (no abbreviations) and complete address (street, city, state, and zip code). The name and address of the sender on the money order/check must match the name and address on the envelope. Signatures on money orders/checks must be legible. Checks or money orders that do not meet the above requirements will be placed on the inmate’s confiscated account. Cash is not allowed and all funds must be sent to an inmate by mail.
May inmates receive mail?
Inmates may receive in the US Mail cards, letters, pictures (no Polaroids, nonviolent, no nudity, no criminal/gang activity depictions), money orders and checks. Personal property, cash, blank stationary, envelopes, stamps and jewelry are items that are not allowed through the mail. Inmates may receive books if they are sent directly to the inmate from a publisher or bookstore with a paid receipt. They may also receive religious books and publications from churches or religious entities.
Inmate mail, including checks and money orders, should include the inmate’s first and last name and institutional number on the envelope and mailed to P.O. Box 22800, Lincoln, NE 68542.
The following items are considered contraband and are NOT permitted: tape or stickers included in the mail or affixed to the letter or envelope, perfume sprayed on the letter or envelope, lipstick on any part of the mail, laminated items, musical or audible greeting cards.
- The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services intake facilities may serve as holding facilities for county prisoners at the expense of the respective county.
- Preferred hours for receiving Safekeepers are from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. unless prior approval has been received.
- Prior to transporting a Safekeeper, during normal business hours, contact the Records Office at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (males) at (402) 479-6341 or Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (females) at (402) 362-3317 Ext 218 or 215. In case of emergency when a Safekeeper needs to be transferred after preferred receiving hours or on the weekends, contact the shift supervisor at the respective institutions by using the switchboard numbers, (402) 471-3330 for the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center or (402) 362-3317 Ext 215 for the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women.
- Other Counties wishing to take custody of a Safekeeper will need to have the controlling County fax a written authorization (for males) to the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center Records Office - fax number (402) 479-6368. For females, the request should be directed to the Records Office at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women - fax number (402) 362-3892.
- Safekeepers are allowed to have only the clothing they are wearing at the time of admission. There is no property storage for Safekeepers. Any exceptions must be approved by the receiving institution.
- Inmates brought in for a court-ordered evaluation must be accompanied by a Commitment Order. If the inmate is subsequently sentenced to serve a sentence in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, the sentence will begin on the date he or she was committed to the Department for the court-ordered evaluation.
- The same property guidelines are followed for 90-Day Evaluators as for new commitments; however, there is no property storage for 90-day evaluators.
PAROLE ABSCONDERS AND ESCAPEES
- If an inmate who has absconded parole supervision or has escaped from a correctional facility is taken into custody, contact the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Special Services Unit via teletype at NDCS or NB055025G or by telephone during normal business hours at (402) 479-5785 or by fax at (402) 742-2334. That Unit will coordinate the pick-up and transportation of the inmate back to a secure facility.
- Counties wishing to assume custody of committed inmates for the purpose of Court appearances should contact the Special Services Unit at (402) 479-5785 or fax the request to that Unit at (402) 742-2334. A copy of the Court Order for transporting the inmate should be included with your faxed request.
- Counties wishing to transport Safekeepers whom they have placed in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services should contact the appropriate Facility Records Office: the Diagnostic & Evaluation Center for males at (402) 479-6341 or the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women for females at (402) 362-3317 Ext 218 or 215.
- An inmate who is returning from a court appearance and has received an additional sentence or sentences must be returned with a copy of the new sentencing order.
- Jurisdictions wishing to place Detainers or Holds on inmates currently serving a sentence with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services need to contact the Special Services Unit at (402) 479-5785 or fax (402) 742-2334.
Diagnostic & Evaluation Center (DEC) Medical Services
9-Bed Long Term Care Facility
24 Hour Availability
Clinic Hours: Mon.- Fri. 0700-1430 hours
Services available at the Medical Clinic
- Medical Services at DEC Clinic
- New commit physical exam
- Sick call
- Minor procedures
- Outpatient wound care
- Tuberculosis testing (incoming & annual)
- Vaccination Clinics
- Patient Education
- Intakes, transfers
- Discharge planning, exit screening/testing
- HBV treatment
- Diabetic care
- Emergency care
- 12 lead EKGs
- Hospice Care
- Chronic Care Clinics/Patient Teaching
- Cardiac and Hypertension
- Hepatitis C
- Dental Services
- Exams/X-rays on all new commits
- Emergency care
- Monday-Friday 0700-1500
- 1 Lab Technologist
Digital Radiology Services
- Radiology Technician (Shared with NSP & OCC)
Behavioral Health Services
- Mental Health—Screening/Assessment/Referral
- Substance Abuse—Screening/Assessment/Referral
- Psychiatric Services
- Crisis Intervention
Directions to the Facility
The Diagnostic and Evaluation Center is located at 3220 West Van Dorn Street. From Interstate 80 take exit 397 (Highway 77 south) to West Van Dorn exit. Travel west on West Van Dorn approximately 2 miles to the facility.
For more information contact:
Matt Hill, Public Information Officer
3220 West Van Dorn Street
Lincoln, NE 68522-9284
Phone: (402) 479-6343
PO Box 22800
Lincoln, NE 68542-2800
Switchboard: (402) 471-3330
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time