Community Corrections Center - Lincoln

Community Corrections Center - Lincoln

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General Information
Warden
Barb Lewien
Public Information Officer
Kerry Pavel
Phone
402.471.0740
Address
2720 W Van Dorn St
Lincoln, NE 68522
Mailing Address
P.O. Box #22200
Lincoln, NE 68542

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About the Facility

In the fall of 1967, Legislative Bill 569 created the Work Release Program. It allowed a select group of inmates to be employed in the community and housed during non-working hours in the institutions. A community residential program was established in 1971. The fall of 1991 saw construction begin on a new 200-bed institution. Opened in July 1993, the facility has four housing units (three male and one female) and is designed to house 44 women and 156 men. The facility can currently house 88 women and 312 men.

CCC-L has been accredited by the American Correctional Association since 1981.


General Information

Community custody is the lowest custody level and the least restrictive environment. Individuals assigned here participate in "work detail" or "work release."

The first several weeks after arrival are spent on work detail - a job in the community supervised by corrections staff or community staff with specific corrections training. Work detail assignments are generally for NDCS or other state agencies and can include cleaning and road crews., maintenance or administrative office work.

Following a time on work detail, individuals are provided an opportunity to go into the community to look for jobs. Once a job is secured and community corrections staff have been in contact with the employer, individuals can be assigned to work release. Individuals on work release are employed in the community, receive competitive wages and pay applicable taxes. Also available is educational release, where individuals attend local vocational/technical/business/community colleges and universities. Individuals are responsible for their own transportation to and from work and are expected to adhere to a pre-approved schedule.are responsible for his/her own clothing and personal items and pay room and board of $12 per day.


Directions to the Facility

From Interstate 80, take Exit 397 (Hwy 77 South/Beatrice) and continue approximately 4 miles to the "Lincoln via Van Dorn Street" exit and turn right (west) onto West Van Dorn; continue on West Van Dorn for approximately 1.5 miles.

If northbound on Hwy 77 from Beatrice, exit at the "Lincoln via Van Dorn Street" / "Pioneers Park" signs and turn left (west) onto West Van Dorn; continue on West Van Dorn for approximately 1.5 miles. CCC-L is located on the right (the north entrance to Pioneers Park is on the left).

 

Visiting Hours

EFFECTIVE 8/8/2020, VISITING IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Schedule a Visit at CCC-L

COVID-19 VISITATION

Visitation during the COVID-19 response is limited due to the need to maintain a 6 foot separation/social distance. Facilities have identified the capacity for their visiting rooms and have adjusted their schedules accordingly. To select a time and date for visitation, please click the button above to complete the online form.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN – Be sure to review the following guidelines:

  • All visitors must be on the inmate’s approved visitor list
  • Visitors with serious underlying medical conditions are not encouraged to visit
  • Individuals who are on quarantine/medical isolation status are not permitted to visit
  • During the facility screening you must be able to answer “no” to the following questions:
    • Do you have a cough, shortness of breath or fever?
    • Have you had contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days?
    • Have you traveled internationally in the previous 14 days?
  • Visitors must bring a mask to wear
  • Up to two adults are allowed at each visit, per inmate
  • Children (under age 18) are not permitted
  • If two adults plan to attend the same visiting session, each person should complete an online form, and include the name of the second person
  • All visitation requests must be submitted at least seven days prior to the selected date
  • Visits are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. You will be notified by email at least three days in advance of your approved visit
  • Be sure to include alternative dates and times for your visit. If your first preference is already filled, staff will try to grant your second or third request
  • If you need to cancel a visit for any reason, notify the facility as soon as possible

*** NOTE: You will need to arrive prior to your scheduled visitation time in order to be screened and searched. Each facility has established a different arrival time, based on its schedules. Be sure you know when you need to be at the facility you are visiting. Late arrivals will not be processed.


Rules inside the Facility

  • Must wear mask at all times
  • Must maintain 6 foot social distance at all times
  • No touching
  • No water fountains or vending (food or drink) will be available
  • No cash permitted
  • No games/books/cards
  • No photos

These rules are in place to keep our population and the public safe and healthy. The facility reserves the right to terminate any visit in which the rules are not followed.  

Questions pertaining to any of the information above can be directed to the facility. Contact information is available on this page.


CCC-L Men'sVisiting Schedule

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CCC-L Women'sVisiting Schedule

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To view a PDF version of these schedules, click the picture above. 

Incarcerated persons at the Community Corrections Center - Lincoln are limited to one visit per week.
Visits may be scheduled in advance, as long as they do not exceed the quota mentioned above.


Facility Visitation Procedures

The link below will take you to vising procedures that apply to this facility. Note that some information is not current, based on new visitation guidelines implemented due to COVID-19; however, procedures pertaining to identification documents, approved dress code, authorized items, the visitation approval process and other guidelines pertinent to each facility are still applicable and should be followed.

CCC-L Visiting Procedures

 


CCC-L Family Council Meeting: Family Council Meetings have been temporarily suspended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

CCC-L Family Council Information and Guidelines

 

Programs

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Programs & Services

Below is a brief record of every available program and service provided by this correctional facility. If it there is any additional facility-specific information pertaining to these programs and services, it will be found under the "Additional Information" tab.

**Please keep in mind that if there is no additional information provided by the facility, the "Additional Information" tab will not be displayed.
Program Description Type
Continuing Care-Sex Offender Program

This program helps participants maintain and strengthen the gains they made in other treatment programs. It also helps participants navigate new challenges and helps support the transition back to a community setting. Also offered on parole.


Needs Addressed: Sex Offender conviction

Clinical Treatment
Non-residential Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program (IOP)

A drug/alcohol abuse program available for incarcerated individuals who are not eligible for the residential program due to lower level substance abuse issues.


Needs addressed:  alcohol, drugs.

Clinical Treatment
Non-residential Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment (OP)

Outpatient substance abuse treatment for incarcerated individuals who are not eligible for residential or intensive substance abuse services due to lower level substance abuse issues.


Needs addressed:  drugs and alcohol abuse.

Clinical Treatment
EMPWR

A gender responsive trauma informed care program created to provide tools to move beyond the cycle of addiction an abuse, become self-confident, self controlled, self-directed and self-empowered.  

Need addressed:  Attitude/behavior

Non-Clinical Programs
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral intervention which leads to enhanced moral reasoning, better decision making and more appropriate behavior. 


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Thinking for a Change

Thinking for a Change is a high-level cognitive behavioral program developed by the National Institute of Corrections. The program uses role playing to concentrate on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes; behavior; family; friends; aggression.

Non-Clinical Programs
Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education assists adult incarcerated students work toward high school equivalency, or refresh skills regardless of diploma status.


Need Addressed:  Education

Education Programs
ESL/ELL

English as a second language (ESL) is designed to aid those students not fluent in English learn to speak, read, hear and write the language so they can better function in society.


Needs addressed:  Education; life skills

Education Programs
High School

NDCS operates its own school district with a high school. Students of all ages may attend high school classes. Individuals under 22 who have not graduated from high school are required to be in school. Students over 22 need to go through an application process.


 Need addressed:  Education.

Education Programs
Religious Classses and activities

Variety of classes, workshops and religious services designed to help inmates with support and spiritual development.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social, support.

Pro-Social Activities
Restorative Circle

A support group for incarcerated individuals working on restorative justice.


Needs addressed:  Support; pro-social/outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
Sports/Recreation Activities

A variety of activities that encourage health pastimes are offered at all facilities. Please check with recreational specialists for more information.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest; health.

Pro-Social Activities
Assistance for Social Security Application

Social workers provide assistance in obtaining and completing Social Security applications to individuals who qualify and are 90 days from discharge, post-release supervision or parole.


Need addressed:  Re-entry for those who may qualify for Social Security benefits due to age or disability.

Reentry Services
Discharge Planning

Reentry specialists work with individuals to ensure a reentry plan is completed. The plan allows for a smooth transition to the community and focuses on housing, transportation, employment, education, and medical/mental health services as needed.


Need addressed:  Re-entry

Reentry Services
Reentry planning

Clients develop comprehensive reentry plans that include housing/transitional living, employment/education, transportation, ID credentials, medical/mental and behavioral health treatment.


Need addressed:  Reentry.

Reentry Services
Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
Clinical Treatment Programs

See clinical programs list for more details.

Crisis Intervention

Provided on an as-needed basis, clinicians are available to assist individuals in a mental health crisis.


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

Licensed, clinical therapists provide one-on-one or group therapy sessions as needed.


Need addressed:  mental health

Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

Risk Assessments and Psychological Evaluations provide diagnosis clarification, intelligence testing and Dementia screening.


Need addressed:  Mental Health; education.

Skilled Nursing Facility

On-call Skilled Nursing Facilities manage crises dealing with medical emergencies, behavioral issues and suicide watches.


Needs addressed:  Health and mental health.

Transition Services

Transition Services are available to those transitioning to or from general population or protective management. Mental Health professionals may assists with these services.


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Community Coordination

Social workers coordinate with a variety of community providers and agencies for mental health services, substance abuse treatment and medical services. Providers include the Veteran's Administration, DHHS, treatment agencies, private practice and non-profit organizations.


Needs Addressed:  Housing, medical, mental health, basic needs, re-entry. 

Social Work Services
Living Needs

Social workers assist individuals with high medical/mental health needs to find clothing resources, apply for benefits or general assistance and other life needs.


Needs addressed:  Social work services.

Social Work Services
Medical Services Coordination

Social workers assist individuals with high medical needs to set appointments for medication management, healthcare and provide resources to obtain medical insurance upon release:


Needs addressed:  Health, mental health, life skills, re-entry.

Social Work Services
Specialized Housing Services

Social workers provide assistance to individuals with high medical/mental health needs to obtain transitional living, assisted living or skilled nursing care, as needed.


Needs addressed:  Re-entry

Social Work Services
Specialized Population Served

Specialized Population Served offers services for inmates with mental illness or serious chronic medical conditions that are high risk and multi-needs.


Needs addressed:  Health; mental health

Social Work Services
ABC Applied Construction Math

This program provides learning in the area of construction math such as division, decimals/percentages, reading measurements, calculating area, linear measures, angles, volume, solving for the unknown.


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Construction: OSHA Construction

This program provides an overview of safety applications on a construction site as well as training on governmental regulations.


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Core Curriculum

This program includes basic construction safety; introduction to construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, rigging; communication skills; and material handling.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
KEYS-Keep Educating Yourself for Reentry

The program is designed to build confidence, accountability, resiliency, problem solving skills for reentry success and personal growth.


Needs addressed:  Life skills

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Mental Health Association ***

This grant program provides short-term transitional housing and supported employment services for formerly incarcerated adults living with behavioral health issues. (HOPE, REAL, Honu House) 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
TRADE Program: Vocational and Life Skills Program ***

The TRADE Program teaches conflict resolution; critical thinking; communication; personal finance; healthy relationships; basic computer; job preparation.


Needs Addressed:  Life skills; employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
News
In the Spotlight: Unit Case Manager Tracy Donovan

With hard work and dedication to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services' (NDCS) mission to keep people safe, Community Corrections Center - Lincoln Unit Case Manager (UCM), Tracy Donovan is in the spotlight this week.

"She's fun to work with and is motivated to come to work every day," said Kimberlie Novotny, unit manager at Community Corrections Center - Lincoln.

UCM Donovan started her career with NDCS in June 2015 as an officer at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institute (TSCI).

She was promoted to corporal in November 2015.

She then spent time as an acting caseworker in February...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-02)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

January 29, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) An inmate who did not return to the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln (CCC-L) following a work assignment remains missing. Anthony Gafford (#52277) was placed on escape status shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019. He has been housed at CCC-L since May 2018 and was scheduled for an upcoming parole hearing in April.

Gafford was sentenced 30 to 50 years for 2nd degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony...Read more

Eight incarcerated individuals participated in a Holiday Celebration at the Nebraska State Office Building (NSOB). They were joined by staff members Cpl. Sparks, Cpl. Ogorzolka and Warden West. Food and dessert was enjoyed by all!Read more

Kimberlie Novotny stands in the hard hat area that will soon become her office at the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln (CCC-L). Very soon, she will start her new position as unit manager of the brand new women’s housing unit. Kimberlie brings a wealth of experience to the job. She started at Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) in 2013 as a unit case worker and quickly became a Unit Case Manager. She was promoted to Operations Coordinator at the Central Office in 2017. Her NDCS experience includes: SERVES team member, victim offender dialogue facilitator, crisis negotiation team member, CPOF member, CISM...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-30)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5799 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

Oct. 29, 2018 (LINCOLN, Neb.) – There are many challenges associated with re-entering society following incarceration. Finding employment is one of them. But, opportunities provided through two Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) facilities offer participants the type of training they need to transition back into the community and become successful.

“They’re getting back into the rhythm of working again,” said Lorna Ellinger, unit case worker at the...Read more

Community Corrections Center-Lincoln (CCC-L), held a graduation ceremony for Thinking for Change (T4C) on October 11, 2018. Thank you to those staff who were able to come support the graduates. For those who missed it, please enjoy some pictures and offer some positive affirmations to those inmates who successfully completed this program. Congratulations!Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Unit Case Worker Lorna Ellinger completes paperwork at the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln (CCC-L). Ellinger has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 1988. Her job duties include managing C Unit, completing paperwork, helping with case plans and Strong-R evaluations and helping incarcerated individuals through the work release process. “They’ve done their time and they need to make positive changes so they don’t come back here,” Ellinger said. “I just want to see people succeed.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

Ten incarcerated individuals from the Community Correction Center-Lincoln (CCC-L) participated in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) Family Adventure Day on Aug. 11. Incarcerated individuals and their loved ones participated in rock climbing, archery, rope making, a photo booth, a cook out and other fun activities!Read more

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