Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility

Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility

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General Information
Ryan Mahr
Public Information Officer
Curt Jordan: curt.jordan@nebraska.gov
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

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

Visiting Procedures


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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 Typesort descending
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.  

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
Depression Group (CBT)

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

Clinical Treatment

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.  

Clinical Treatment
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

Clinical program addressing depression.  

Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Clinical Treatment
Grudge Reduction & Improved Personal Relationships

This program introduces methods to reduce grudges, which leads to more productive thinking and being. 

Clinical Treatment
Cognitive Group-Restrictive Housing

A cognitive behavioral program for inmates in Restrictive Housing.

Need Addressed: Mental Health.

Clinical Treatment
Non-residential Treatment for Substance Abuse: IOP & OP

Intensive outpatient and outpatient services are available to individuals with lower-need substance abuse disorders.

Clinical Treatment
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.

Non-Clinical Programs
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
Destination...Dad (Inside out Dads, Within my Reach, Common Sense Parenting)

Multi-component model to restore the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children. 

Non-Clinical Programs
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

Non-Clinical Programs
Living Skills

This program provides inmates in restrictive housing assistance in navigating daily tasks and hurdles in order to live an independent life. Living Skills is divided into two unique components: Personal Growth and Practical Guidance. Understanding and practicing the skills needed for daily living are tremendously important, especially in today’s economic climate. 

Non-Clinical Programs
Living Well

This program provides individuals with techniques to manage chronic health conditions.  

Non-Clinical Programs
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral intervention. It is facilitated by correctional staff members and operated by group members. The program targets criminal thinking and reduces the risk of recidivism.  

Non-Clinical 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

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. 

Education Programs
Adult Basic Education

Program assists adult inmates working toward high school equivalency, or in need of basic skill refresher regardless of diploma status. 

Need Addressed:  Education

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 18 who have not graduated from high school are required to be in school. Students can earn a high school diploma. 

Education Programs
Job Skills & Readiness

This program teaches communication skills for relationship building, which provides greater ability to obtain employment. 

Education Programs

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

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. 

Pro-Social Activities
Religious Programming

The Nebraska Department of Correctional services provides accommodations for 20 different religions. Inmates may attend a variety of religious services.

Pro-Social Activities
Sports leagues

A variety of different sports leagues are offered throughout NDCS facilities. Please check with recreational specialists for more information.

Pro-Social Activities
Stamp Cutting and Coupon Cutting Community Service Projects

Stamp Cutting and Coupon Cutting Community Service Projects assist incarcerated individuals with their knowledge and understanding of philatelic materials to promote better interpersonal relations in the brotherhood of stamp collectors. 

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.

Pro-Social Activities
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
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
Discharge Planning

Approximately four to five months prior to discharge, 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. 

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.

Reentry Services
Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

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

Restrictive Housing

Restrictive Housing conducts out of cell and front of cell assessments, treatment plans and segregation mental status evaluations. 

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.

Skilled Nursing Facility

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

Healthy Living

This program, delivered by a wellness expert, provides preventative health education and nutrition.

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.

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

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

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.  

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. 

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. 

Social Work Services
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.

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. 

Social Work Services
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
ReConnect: Vocational and Life Skills Program ***

ReConnect places emphasis on employment preparation and retention skills while also helping clients develop comprehensive problem solving and life skills needed to be successful in the workplace and in life. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Resume classes

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

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

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ReConnect, Inc. sponsored a two-part event at Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) where the incarcerated youth watched the movie The Tuskegee Airmen on March 16.

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On Thursday, March 1, the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility's (NCYF) Employee Activity Committee (EAC) and Chick-fil-A in Bellevue, Neb. partnered to raised funds for NCYF employee activities and events. Chick-fil-A donated 10 percent of all sales from 6 to 8 p.m., while NCYF team members cleared off tables and held doors open for customers. Within the two hours, the NCYF EAC raised $399.14, which will be geared towards providing events and recognition for team members during Corrections Appreciation Month in May. NCYF team members want to thank the Chick-fil-A in Bellevue for their continued support.Read more

Students from Creighton University’s philosophy department have been visiting incarcerated youth at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) to discuss moral philosophy. During their sessions, students individually met with NCYF youth and discussed questions including: What is forgiveness? What acts can be forgiven? What is trust? If you could teach everyone in the world one idea, what idea would have the biggest positive impact on humanity? Is it more important to help yourself, help your family, help your society or help the world? And what should be the goal of humanity? This is the second year that NCYF has worked...Read more


CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

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