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Classification and Inmate Records



The primary function of inmate classification is the systematic process of coordinating evidenced based inmate assessments and assignment procedures with available resources so as to minimize community risk. An inmate at any custody level can be assigned to any facility that has a security level at or above the inmate’s custody classification. The Department will attempt to provide opportunities for the productivity, growth, and development of the inmate in the least restrictive setting possible. The classification process will utilize all available information, but will endeavor insofar as practicable to base all decisions on a standard list of established case factors with each identified factor being given the same relative consideration for each decision. Program access, work assignments, and administrative decisions will be made without regard to an inmate’s race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or political views.


The following Administrative Regulations address the classification process.

A.R. 201.01 Inmate Classification and Assignment – Administrative Organization
A.R. 201.02 Inmate Classification and Assignment – Initial Classification, Reception, and Orientation
A.R. 201.03 Inmate Custody Levels and Programs
A.R. 201.04 Inmate Classification and Assignment – Reclassification
A.R. 201.05 Inmate Classification and Assignment – Special Management Inmates
A.R. 201.06 Personalized Plan
A.R. 201.07 Inmate Classification and Assignment – Temporary Release
A.R. 201.09 Work Ethic Camp Offender Treatment and Discharge Plan
A.R. 201.11 Reception, Housing, Classification and Programming of Male Youthful Offenders


Inmate Records

Upon admission to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, the Records Office of the receiving facility (Diagnostic & Evaluation Center or the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women) creates an "institution" inmate file. This file is maintained on active status throughout the entire period of incarceration. Upon discharge, the file is transferred to the Central Records Office for permanent storage and microfilming in compliance with the Department's Records Retention Schedule.

Per Nebraska Revised Statute 83-178, the contents of the inmate file are confidential and cannot be released without a court order. However, limited information is a matter of public record and may be released to the public upon request. Public information is listed in the inmate locator section of our website.

Along with the "institution" inmate file, a Central Office inmate file is also created in accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute 83-1,100. This file is similar to the "institution" file maintained by the institution Records Office and is also confidential in accordance with the Statutes cited herein. The Board of Parole and its staff use this file to assist in carrying out the duties of that agency. The Central Office departmental staff also uses this file to assist them in the routine decision making functions of those positions.

Information regarding Court orders for inmate records:

General Inmate Records
Central Office Records Administrator
Attn: Mickie Baum
Office: (402) 479-5773
Fax: (402) 742-2349
Public Records Requests
Communications Director
Attn: Dawn-Renee Smith
Office: (402) 479-5713
Fax: (402) 479-5623
Inmate Medical Records
NDCS Medical Department
Attn: Medical Records Clerk
Office: (402) 479-5631
Fax: (402) 479-5791
Inmate Mental Health Records
NDCS Mental Health
Attn: Jeriann Keller-Heuke
Office: (402) 479-6172
Fax: (402) 479-6221
Inmate Substance Abuse Records
Substance Abuse Administration
Attn: Rebecca Kingery
Office: (402) 479-3026
Fax: (402) 479-3028


For more information contact:

Ginger Shurter, Records Manager II
Central Records Office
Phone: (402) 479-5765
Fax: (402) 479-5640

Mickie Baum, Administrator
P.O. Box 94661
Lincoln, NE 68509-4661
Office:  (402) 479-5773
Fax:  (402) 479-5623