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Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility

Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility

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General Information
Warden
Barb Lewien
Public Information Officer
Jaymie Clark: jaymie.clark@nebraska.gov
Phone
402.595.2000
Fax
402.636.8610
Address
2610 N 20th St E
Omaha, NE 68110

About the Facility

The Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) is a male correctional  facility designed for youthful offenders adjudicated as adults who range in age from early adolescence to age 21 years, 10 months. NCYF is a maximum, medium and minimum security facility. The buildings encompass approximately 54,000 square feet with a construction cost of approximately $10.8 million.

NCYF has been accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) since 2000.


General Information

​Custody and Unit Management are major operational areas with a focus on management, programming and discipline that protects staff, inmates and the public. Inmates have the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities seven days a week. Youthful offenders may apply to participate in community custody programs to include work detail, work release or education release. 

All male offenders sentenced by county and district courts of the state of Nebraska are received at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) in Lincoln. At DEC, individuals are assigned an inmate number, photographed, fingerprinted and provide a DNA sample. All DEC intake procedures apply upon arrival.

After completion of DEC intake activities, youthful offenders are immediately transferred to NCYF. Upon arrival at NCYF, the youthful offender completes additional in-processing documents, receives an initial medical screening, assigned a room, receives his clothing and bedding, and any personal property brought with him is inventoried. Following a 30-day orientation period, individuals are placed in general population.


 

Directions to the Facility

The NCYF is located at 2610 North 20th Street, East, Omaha, NE  68110.  From I-80  take Interstate 480 East to Highway 75 North to the Cuming Street Exit (Exit 2C).  Turn right (east) onto Cuming Street.  Cuming Street turns into Abbott Drive.  Remain on Abbott Drive heading north for approximately 2 miles.  Stay in the right hand lane.  At the Sleep Inn turn right onto Avenue H heading east.  Turn onto 20th Street (north) for the NCYF entrance.

Visiting Hours
General Population Visiting Hours
Friday---5:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday12:30pm - 3:30pm5:30pm - 8:00pm
Sunday12:30pm - 3:30pm5:30pm - 8:00pm
Special Management Unit Visiting Hours
Monday1:00pm - 3:00pm
Safekeepers / 90-Day Evaluators / Orientation / Protective Custody Visiting Hours
Monday5:30pm - 8:00pm
Friday1:00-3:00pm

*NOTE: Inmates are allowed two (2) visiting sessions per week (Friday-Monday). They may only attend one visiting session per day.

Visiting Procedures

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
Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART)

Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART) promotes the development of pro-social behavior and the reduction of violent behavior in chronically aggressive adolescents.


Needs Addressed:  Mental Health, aggression.

Clinical Treatment
Anger Management

Anger Management is available to individuals demonstrating high risk/high needs related to anger. This treatment provides instruction and practice on basic anger control strategies in a group facilitated by clinicians.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior; aggression, mental health 

Clinical Treatment
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

Clinical program addressing depression. 


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Clinical Treatment
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Anxiety Group

This cognitive-behavioral therapy group spovides treatment for individuals suffering from anxiety symptoms.


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Clinical Treatment
Cognitive Group-Restrictive Housing

A cognitive behavioral program for inmates in Restrictive Housing.


Need Addressed: Mental Health.

Clinical Treatment
Depression Group (CBT)

This cognitive behavioral therapy group provides treatment for individuals suffering from depression.

Clinical Treatment
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral mindfulness- based coping skills group.


Need addressed:  mental health

Clinical Treatment
ExPLORE

ExPLORE, which stands for Exercises in Principled Living for Offender Reentry, was developed to assist incarcerated individuals as they transition back to the community as happy and successful citizens. ExPLORE is designed to address the effects of “cognitive arrest,” or the idea that one's cognitive development is halted when one is arrested/incarcerated.


Need addressed:  mental health

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
7 Habits on the Inside

Developed by FranklinCovey in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Corrections, 7 Habits on the Inside uses the principles of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, tailored for the incarcerated individual. The program seeks to empower individuals to manage their own lives in such a way as to be successful in prison and in the community. (10 sessions) 


Needs Addressed: Attitudes/Behavior; Family; Employment; Life Skills

Non-Clinical Programs
Living Skills

This program provides individuals living in  the Special Management Unit with life skills which assists an inmate learn to make the appropriate behavioral changes necessary to transfer back to general population. 


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, 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
Victim Impact

This program emphasizes participant accountability and understanding of how the participant's behavior has impacted the victim.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social; attitudes/behavior

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
College Courses

College courses are offered through various universities/colleges and correspondence courses. Currently, college classes are provided by grant funded providers and/or at the individual's own expense.


Needs Addressed:  Education; employment; life skills; pro-social.

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
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is an organization to encourage its members to read, and listen at meetings to information provided through speakers. Members may use the program as a foundation to encourage and provide opportunities in facing the truth about their accountability for their addiction.


Need Addressed:  Support for addiction.

Pro-Social Activities
Art Class

On a monthly basis, NCYF's art class allows inmates to express their feelings and emotions through art. A theme is given and art supplies are provided.


Need addressed:  Pro-social

Pro-Social Activities
Chess Class

On a monthly basis a volunteer comes to conduct a chess class. Chess teaches strategy, long term goal setting, and persistence under the guidance and role modeling of a patient teacher.


Need Addressed:  Pro-social

Pro-Social Activities
Community Choir

Elementary and high school choir teachers from the community volunteer to teach vocal techniques, usually in preparation for an event, such as a talent show, NCYF High School graduation, or a volunteer appreciation ceremony.


Need addressed:  Pro-social.

Pro-Social Activities
Keyboard/Guitar

Lessons are provided three times per week and assist in learning and perfecting a skill that takes discipline and persistence.


Need addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
Mentoring Program

Incarcerated individuals are partnered with a community mentor where they are given advice and do an activity together on a weekly basis. The mentors assist inmates in preparing them for their roles as productive citizens in the areas of jobs, housing, family and values.


Need addressed:  Pro-social; support; life skills

Pro-Social Activities
Reconnect: Pass It On

Helps participants serving 15 years to life, develop peer mentors in prison to help them serve their sentences productively.  Need addressed:  Pro-social.

Pro-Social Activities
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
Social Security Workshop

Workshop to assist participants obtain their Social Security cards in order to be prepared for re-entry and employment.


Need addressed:  Employment

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
Stamp Cutting and Coupon Cutting

Stamp and Coupon Cutting teaches about philatelic (stamp collecting) activities and materials.  The stamps themselves go to community service  projects such as to purchase Bibles for under developed countries and to help veterans. 


Needs addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
Volunteer Nebraska Community Service Projects

Volunteer Nebraska Community Service Projects encourage inmates to help others. Participants are given four community services opportunities each year.


Need addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest; attitude/behavior

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.

Core Topics

Introduction to Psychotherapy for those who may want or need an idea of what is involved in mental behavioral health programming.


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Crisis Intervention

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


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

Health Course

This program, delivered by a wellness expert, provides workshops on preventative health education and nutrition, such as Men's Birth Control; Date Abuse; Bullying; Gender Boxes; and Hygiene.


Need addressed:  Health.

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

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


Need addressed:  mental health

Meditation

Experiential introduction to mindfulness practice.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior, life skills.

Non-residential Drug/Alcohol Education

Available for incarcerated individuals who are not eligible for the residential and non-residential treatment programs due to lower level substance abuse issues.


Needs addressed:  Drug and/or alcohol use.

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
Financial Literacy

Course offered by Mutual of Omaha educate so participants can understand finances.


Need addressed:  Life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Heartland Workforce Development

The course assists youth in preparing for a career and job seeking.


Need addressed:  Employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Inner Circle/Winner Circle

Presentations provided by former inmates of NDCS, or inmates in the community explaining the struggles they experienced on their journey through NDCS.


Needs addressed:  Support; outside interest; life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Launch Leadership

Program designed to build leadership skills based upon communication.


Need addressed:  Life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Reconnect Workshop

Workshop including movie and discussion.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior, pro-social activity.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ReConnect: Final Number

Helps participants learn to make better choices and examine thinking patterns, preparing them to take advantage of opportunities in prison that will help them succeed.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Reconnect: Success Prep

Helps participants examine behaviors and attitudes that may have contributed to their incarceration and focus on skills critical to reentry.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior, life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Resume class

The Omaha Public Library provides resume classes to help incarcerated individuals prepare for employment searches and interviews.


Need addressed:  Employment; vocational Life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Serve Safe

Food safety certification course which covers food borne illness, how to prevent it; purchasing and receiving guidelines; food prep, holding and serving guidelines; food safety management, systems and sanitation guidelines.


Needs addressed:  Employment; life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Additional Information

In addition to the Special Purpose High School courses, GED, and college classes, NCYF offers programs in the following areas:

  • Vocational Training in Landscaping/Horticulture and Food Service
  • Religion
  • Recreation
  • Life Skills
  • Victim Impact
  • Dog Handling
  • Thinking for a Change
  • 7 Habits on the Inside
  • Mentor Partnerships
  • The WaY Writing Program
News

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Clinical Psychologist Michael Luebbert explains a wellness program he created at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF). Luebbert has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2001. His job duties include completing psychology evaluations upon intake, running treatment groups and developing programming for the entire department. “No one comes to prison because they are evil or bad,” Luebbert said. “I think I can help people become self-aware and reflective, and help them take care of their own suffering.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Recreation Specialist De’Marius Foy tosses a football with an incarcerated youth at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF). Foy has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since July 2018. His job duties include facilitating and structuring programs, exhibiting role model behaviors and putting on events. “I look forward to keeping our population motivated,” Foy said. “You can either go downhill or use that minor setback as motivation for a major comeback.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Education Liaison Courtney Jacobsen works on an education report at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF). Jacobsen has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since June 2018. Her job duties include verifying inmate education backgrounds, completing data entry for testing and verifying adult education and GED paperwork. “I think if any of our inmates want to be successful when they leave, education is going to be a big part of that,” Jacobsen said. “So we need to give them all the opportunities we can.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Safety Specialist Kelly Turner unlocks a door at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF). Turner has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 1986. His job duties include insuring the safety and sanitation of the institution, as well as insuring that all fire protection systems are working properly. “It keeps people safe,” Turner said. #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Disciplinary Committee Coordinator Marcus Jensen finishes a report at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF). Jensen has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2016. His job duties include handling evidence, coordinating institutional disciplinary committee meetings and advising team members of inmate sanctions. “In my role, I try to keep the inmates honest and help them take responsibility for their actions,” Jensen said. “It keeps the institution safe.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Administrative Secretary Chasity Aistrope finishes a report at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF). Aistrope has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2017. Her job duties include completing anything the warden needs, including meeting minutes, inmate council supervision, canteen and clothing order issues as well as involvement with various other groups. “Working with youth, you have a better chance of re-teaching someone,” Aistrope said. “I think it’s just important that we be that adult role model because a lot of the guys here don’t have that.” #...Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Assistant Warden Trish Bernhards takes a call at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF). Bernhards has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 1991. Her job duties include overseeing programming, working closely with unit management and custody team members in day-to-day operations and making the facility run smoothly. “If anybody has the capability of change, it’s this population at this age,” Bernhards said. “If we can provide them the opportunity to make changes, that will help them have better opportunities in life.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Unit Case Worker John Lehn shakes the hand of a recent Thinking for a Change (T4C) graduate at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF). Lehn has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2014. He is currently a member of the Employee Activity Committee (EAC) and Employee Positive Impact Council (EPIC) committees. He is also the Wellness Champion for the facility. Lehn has also been an active member of the facility Incentive Plan workgroup and began teaching T4C last year. “Staff in the department don’t realize how much of an impact they have on our population,” Lehn said. “...Read more

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