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Scott R. Frakes, Director

Scott R. Frakes, Director

Appointed: February 2, 2015

Nebraska Dept. of Correctional Services
P.O. Box 94661
Lincoln, NE 68509-4661
(402) 471-2654

ProgramsFamilies & Friends Public Interest

Work Ethic Camp
Pam Morello, Warden


Work Ethic CampThe Mission of the Work Ethic Camp is to provide an integrated program in partnership with the Probation and Parole Administrations that combine evidence based practices within a structured treatment environment. The overall goal is to reduce the risk of recidivism through offender behavioral change assisting offenders back into the community.



The Work Ethic Camp (WEC) is a 200-bed facility for males classified to 'Minimum B' custody. It provides an individualized program in a time frame appropriate for the individual's needs and sentence structure. Individuals may parole from WEC, progress to a community custody facility or complete their sentence.


Work Ethic Camp Phone Procedures

Offenders/inmates may make telephone calls daily with a limit of fifteen minutes per day.  No incoming calls will be accepted or transferred to offenders/inmates.


Work Ethic Camp Mail/Money Procedures

Offenders/inmates are allowed to possess very few personal items. Cash and televisions will not be allowed. Limited canteen is available for the purchase of hygiene and food items.


Eligibility Requirement

Probation offenders having committed a felony offense are admitted to WEC if referred by the Probation Administration through the sentencing District Court.  Inmates must be classified to minimum B custody to be eligible for transfer to WEC.  Offenders/inmates having committed a sex offense or part I violent crime are not eligible for WEC.



Individuals receive a program tailored to their needs, consisting of one or more of the following:

  • MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy)
  • Seven Habits on the Inside
  • Parenting
    • Destination Dads
    • Inside Out Dads
    • Within My Reach
    • Common Sense Parenting
  • Beyond Anger and From the Inside Out
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Substance Abuse Treatment - Intensive Outpatient
  • GED
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Pre-employment Workshops - Budgeting Class, Flagger Course
  • Prairie Gold Homes Construction Training
  • Intro to Business
  • ABC Construction - OSHA (Construction and General Industry; NCCER Core Curriculum and Construction Math)
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Recreation
  • Work Assignments

Special programs also available to those offenders/inmates who have earned such privileges include the Rewards and Trust programs.  These programs must be earned through positive behavior and program progress and participation.


Work Ethic Camp Visiting Procedures

WEC Visit Times and Days

8:00-11:00 a.m. – Saturdays or Sundays

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Saturdays or Sundays

Visitation is allowed for approved visitors.

Visitors may only visit on one visiting day each week. They may attend both sessions on that day.

All visits are subject to approval and space availability. Contact the facility for further information.

Visiting Procedures


Work Ethic Camp (WEC) Medical Services


  • Staff Medical
    • 3 RNs
  • Contract Medical
    • 3 PAs
  • Contract Specialists
    • McCook Clinic
    • McCook Community Hospital
    • Burrows Vision Center
    • Dental
    • Apria-CPAP & oxygen rentals


Services available at the Medical Clinic

  • New commit physical exam
  • Sick call
  • Minor procedures
  • Outpatient wound care
  • Tuberculosis testing
  • Vaccination clinics
  • Patient education
  • Intakes, transfers
  • Discharge planning, exit screening/testing
  • Diabetic care
  • Emergency care


Laboratory Services

  • Labs are drawn onsite


Behavioral Health Services

  • Follow-up Psychiatric Services
  • Crisis Management
  • Outpatient Mental Health Treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Substance Abuse Unit


Directions to the Facility

WEC is located 2 miles north of Highway 6/34 and N. Highway 83 junctions.


Driving Directions





For more information contact:

Maria Bieker, Public Information Officer
2309 N. Hwy 83
McCook, NE 69001

Phone: (308) 345-8405