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Nebraska State Penitentiary

Nebraska State Penitentiary

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General Information
Warden
Michele Wilhelm
Public Information Officer
Allyson Bennett: allyson.bennett@nebraska.gov
Phone
402.471.3161
Address
4201 S 14th St
Lincoln, NE 68502
Mailing Address
P.O. Box #22500
Lincoln, NE 68542-2500

About the Facility

The Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) located in Lincoln, Nebraska is the oldest state correctional facility in Nebraska, opening in 1869. Until after World War I, it was the only adult correctional facility in the state.

During 1980-1981, the existing cellblocks constructed during the second half of the 19th century were replaced by four (later five) modular housing units. A new administrative complex and an EPA approved multi-fuel power plant were also completed at the same time. An existing dormitory building constructed in the 1950's was retained as a medium security facility and two new 100 bed dormitory units were opened in 1998. A 36- bed control unit built in the 1950’s was previously used as a high security segregation facility. In 2020, steps were finalized to transform that space to Minimum A custody general population housing for men who work in the facility’s shops. In addition to housing, a dayroom, gaming room and library/study were added. The Industries Plant, Laundry, Religious Center and other support buildings were retained from the older facility as well.

NSP has been accredited by the American Correctional Association since 1985.


General Information

The inmate population at NSP consists primarily of inmates ranging in age from 21 and older  who are serving sentences of varying length. NSP uses the unit management concept designed to improve control and staff/inmate relationships by dividing the larger institution population into smaller, more manageable groups and to improve and personalize the delivery of rehabilitative services. In addition to maximum and medium security inmates, NSP maintains three housing units with minimum security inmates, including a residential substance abuse unit. 


Mail Delivery Notification

Starting July 20, 2020 all personal mail sent to incarcerated individuals will be photocopied and then distributed. This procedure will apply to cards, letters, drawings, envelopes and pictures. Pictures will be copied in color and other items will be duplicated in black and white. Privileged mail (legal correspondence) will not be photocopied and will continue to be opened according to policy, in front of the recipient. This new procedure is part of a pilot project at NSP, designed to eliminate contraband entering the facility through the mail system.


Directions to the Facility

From Interstate 80: Take exit 397 to merge onto US-77 S/Homestead Expy toward NE-2/Beatrice/Nebraska City
Turn left onto Pioneers Blvd; Turn right onto 9th St. to Hwy 2; Turn right onto 14th St.

Visiting Hours

Schedule a Visit at NSP

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 visitors are allowed at each visit, per inmate
  • If two adults plan to attend the same visiting session, each person must complete an online form, and include the name of the second person
  • One child may be included as the second visitor, as long as the child is at least 12 years old. Children under 12 are not permitted
  • The visiting adult will need to provide the child’s name and age on the online visitation form
  • 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.


NSP Visiting Schedule

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To view a PDF version of this schedule, click here: NSP Visiting Schedule

Incarcerated persons at the Nebraska State Penitentiary are limited to two visits per month.
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 visiting 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.

Visiting Procedures

Visiting Procedures (Spanish)

 

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 Typesort descending
Residential Relapse Prevention Program (RRPP)

Residential substance use program with a focus on relapse prevention and reentry into the community. This level of treatment is for individuals who need a higher level of care than an intensive outpatient program offers, but does not require a longer term inpatient treatment.  It is typically ideal for individuals who previously completed a residential program, yet continued to use. 

Need addressed:  substance abuse

Clinical Treatment
Anger Management High Risk/Need

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
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.


Needs Addressed: Sex Offender conviction

Clinical Treatment
METEOR

This program introduces the concept of stages of change and works to assess and educate participants about which stage they are in and how to move forward.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

Clinical Treatment
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral mindfulness- based coping skills to help clients with suicidal and self harm behaviors.


Need addressed:  mental health

Clinical Treatment
oHeLP Outpatient Sex Offender Program

The Outpatient Healthy Lives Program is available to individuals who are assessed to be at a relatively moderate risk to sexually re-offend.


Need Addressed:  Sex Offender.

Clinical Treatment
Residential Treatment for Substance Abuse: RTC, SAU, COP

Inmates assigned to residential treatment programs have been identified as having serious substance abuse issues. These programs generally last about six months.


 Need addressed:  Alcohol/drug addiction.

Clinical Treatment
Violence Reduction Program***

The Violence Reduction Program is an intensive treatment option for individuals at high risk for violent re-offense. Incarcerated individuals with a high risk to re-offend may include those with strong antisocial beliefs or lifestyle, evidence of psychopathy, and/or instrumental violence.


Needs Addressed:  Aggression; attitudes/behavior

Clinical Treatment
Violence Reduction Aftercare

Follow up to the Violence Reduction Program

Need addressed:  Attitude/behavior

 

Clinical Treatment
Mental Health Outpatient Services

This program provides general, individual therapy.


Need addressed:  Mental Health.

Clinical Treatment
Domesti-PUPS

Participants in Domesti-PUPS train dogs to become service animals for persons with disabilities, pet therapy programs, classroom dogs and education programs.


Needs addressed: Pro-social, attitude, behavior

Non-Clinical Programs
Courage to Change

A series of cognitive-behavioral interactive journals in which participants in Longer Term Restrictive Housing can address their individual problem areas based on a criminogenic risk and needs assessment.


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
Second Chance Pups

Second Chance Pups selects inmate volunteers to train dogs in basic obedience while providing human socialization and interaction with other dogs.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest; 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
Destination Dads-Common Sense Parenting

Provides parents with a menu of techniques that will aid them in building positive family relationships; preventing and correcting misbehavior; using consequences to improve behavior.  Teaches self-control and how to stay calm.


Need addressed:  Family

Non-Clinical Programs
Destination Dads-Inside Out Dads

Incarcerated fathers get tools they need to become more involved, responsible, and committed in the lives of their children.


 

Need addressed:  Family

Non-Clinical Programs
Prison Fellowship Academy

This 12-month program operates in a mission-specific housing unit and focuses on cognitive restructuring with faith-based content.


Needs addressed;  Attitudes, behavior

Non-Clinical Programs
Destination Dads-Within My Reach

Critical and concrete tools are provided which help participants improve interactions with those who matter in their lives.  Subjects are knowing yourself first, smart love and making your own decisions.


Need addressed:  Family

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 and using the principles of integrity, proactivity, and other key skills.  (12 weeks) 


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

Non-Clinical Programs
Restorative Justice

This program, hosted by the Community Justice Center, emphasizes the importance of repairing harm caused by criminal behavior.


Need addressed:  Pro-social; attitudes/behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
The Challenge Program

The Challenge Program (TCP) (formerly known as Close Management Units) is Mission Specific Housing that provides a controlled and highly structured alternative to restrictive housing for individuals who have demonstrated an institutional history of violent and/or Security Threat Group (STG) behavior.  TCP is incentive-based and requires participants to engage in non-clinical programming and meet behavior expectations to progress through each phase.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Kairos

A leadership experience from a Christian perspective:


Needs addressed:  Life skills, support, outside interest.

Non-Clinical Programs
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a workshop that that provides insight on anger and relationships; and new ways to address disagreements.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes, behavior, family, friends, employment

Non-Clinical Programs
Marriage Builders Program

Married couples come together to strengthen their marriages.


Need Addressed:  Family

Non-Clinical Programs
Community Justice Center Victims Impact/Empathy

This program increases a participant's understanding of the harm/damages they caused their victims, communities and themselves. The program also provides an important life skill module that teaches how to become emotionally proficient, which translates into better decision making and reduced conflicts.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior, Life skills.

Non-Clinical 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.  Also prepares for other learning courses.


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
Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

Helps students prepare for taking the high school equivalency test (GED).

Addresses Need Area:  Education

Education 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
Circle of Concerned Lifers

This club is organized and operated by a group of individuals serving lengthy or life sentences, with the focus on mentoring others and lowering recidivism. The club's goals and activities encourage a purposeful life and promote a healthier culture within the facility. 

Pro-Social Activities
Advanced Hero's Journey Program

Participants write their own story with themselves as the main character. 


Needs Addressed:  Education; pro-social

Pro-Social Activities
MATA Club (Mexican Awareness Through Association)

Participants in this self-betterment club learn about the religious, cultural aspects, arts, customs, crafts, language, and the heritage of the Hispanic people.


Needs addressed:  Outside interest and support.

Pro-Social Activities
Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous encourages its members to attend meetings, read and listen to speakers to face the truth and be accountable for their addictions.


Need addressed:  Drug addiction support; pro-social/outside interest.

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
Native Americans Spiritual and Cultural Awareness Group (NASCA)

NASCA is designed to help Native Americans express their uniqueness of cultural and spiritual practices. Participants are given the chance to learn how to sing, pray and dance from a Native perspective.


Needs address:  Pro-social/outside interest and support.

Pro-Social Activities
Intentional Peer Support

Helps individuals recover from mental illness, addiction, or trauma with the assistance fo someone who has similar life experiences.  


Needs addressed: Attitudes/Behavior; Prosocial Activities

Pro-Social Activities
Outlaw's Journey Writing Program

The Outlaws Journey Writing Program gives participants the opportunity to be the hero of their life journey, and to be the main character of their own story.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social and support.

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
Toastmasters

Toastmasters empowers people to improve communication and leadership skills, find the courage to change, achieve their full potential, and realize their dreams.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social; outside interest; attitude; behavior.

Pro-Social Activities
7th Step

7th Step is a self-betterment club which discusses and works on issues of interest such as drug use, family , anger, and other things that hold attendees back from their best selves. 


 Need Addressed:  Support

Pro-Social Activities
Veteran's Group

The Veteran's Group aims to assist all veterans and honorary members, including veterans of the United States of America and its Allies Forces in addition to their dependents and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans. The group provides opportunities for veterans to find employment upon release.


Need Addressed:  Employment

Pro-Social Activities
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is an organization which encourages members to read, and listen at meetings using the program as an opportunity to face the truth and become accountable for their addiction to alcohol.


Need Addressed:  Support for addiction and prosocial activity

Pro-Social Activities
Harambee African Cultural Organization (HACO)

This self-betterment club provides an opportunity to explore the root of the African American culture and heritage, including the past, present and future.


Need addressed:  Outside interest, pro-social activity

Pro-Social Activities
Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA)

Designed to increase knowledge of sex offender registration laws, how to avoid registration violations and prepare for release with registration laws in mind. 

Need addressed:  reentry

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
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
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 Rehabilitation Heritage Square

Community based inmates and NDCS Social Workers can work with Vocational Rehabilitation to prepare for reentry

Need addressed:  Reentry

Reentry Services
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.

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

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.

Clinical Treatment Programs

See clinical programs list for more details.

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
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
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
Chemical Operator Apprenticeship

Instruction and training to operate or tend chemical equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of institutional janitorial chemical products. 


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Mental Health Association Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Discusses deescalation; decision making and consequences; how trauma has affected a person; and how to overcome negative ways of dealing with stressful situations and crises.  Need addressed:  Life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Associated Linen Management Certification

Teaches skills in the area of laundry management. 


Need Addressed:  Employment

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
Department of Labor Workforce Development

Helps participants develop a resume, prepare for interviews and work on job skills.


Need area 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
Structural Fabricator Assembler Apprenticeship

Instruction and learning to fabricate position, align and fit parts of structural metal parts.  

Need addressed:  employement

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Cabinet Maker Apprentice

Apprenticeship for learning carpentry skills. 


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Furniture Finisher Apprenticeship

Instruction and training in shaping, finishing, and refinishing damaged, warn or used furniture or new high grade furniture to specification.


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
RISE

This program targets entrepreneurial-minded individuals and offers intensive leadership development, business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation.


Needs addressed:  Life skills; employment, reentry

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
RISE Continuing Education Program

Continuing education for all RISE graduates.  

Need Addressed:  Employment and Reentry

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Core Curriculum

This program introduces basic construction safety; construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawing, rigging; communication skills;employability skills, and material handling.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
TRADE Program Core Class

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
TRADE Program CAD (Computer Aided Drafting and Blueprint)

Teaches CAD software to increase productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation and to create a database of manufacturing. 

Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Welding Apprenticeship

Teaches welding skills.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Life skills Reentry Prep

Individuals gain skills to obtain and maintain gainful employment; to make healthier and more positive choices; to be successful and productive post release. 


Need addressed:  Life skills

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
TRADE Program Forklift and Warehouse Operations Module

Teaches OSHA safety practices for forklift operations and OSHA safety practices for general certification of operations of both the YALE and Drexler forklifts.  

Need addressed:  employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Construction Virtual Electric

Introduces concepts of basic electrical wiring, presented by classroom instruction, along with hands-on experience by working with virtual electrical panels.

Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Machine Operator Apprenticeship

Instruction and training to operate and tender multiple machine tools setters.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
TRADE Program OSHA 10 Hours

Provide participants with the knowledge to recognize and prevent work-related accidents and injuries in general industry settings. 

Need area addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Compassion in Action Pre-Release Education and Reentry Preparation

The class helps participants realize that although they made mistakes and poor choices, that they are worthwhile and matter.  That by investing in themselves through service, they can find fulfillment.  

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
TRADE Program Welding

Teaches general knowledge of welding skills and techniques specific to MIG welding. 

Need addressed: employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Forklift Certification

Training in how to use and operate a forklift.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Laundry Machine Mechanic

Training in industrial mechanics

Needs Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Mental Health Association (MHA) HOPE supported employment

Helps people find competitive jobs that are based on the person's preferences and abilities, developing resumes, completing job applications, preparing for interviews.

Need addressed: employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
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
Materials Coordinator Apprenticeship

Training in material handling including shipping and receiving.

Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Mental Health Association (MHA) Inmate Support

Inmate support is provided inside NDCS facilities by Mental Health Association peers trained in Intentional Peer Support.

Needs addressed:  Support

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC OSHA General Industries

This course provides entry-level information about employee rights; employer responsibilities; how to file a complaint; how to identify and prevent job related hazards. 


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Mental Health Association (MHA) REAL Peer Outreach

Provides ongoing community based support services to participants including advocating and supporting participants who want to find housing; referral and assistance obtaining other community services.

Needs addressed:  support and life skills

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Additional Information

The NSP offers a variety of education/rehabilitation programs designed to enhance an inmate's chances for successful community adjustment upon release. These include:

  • Educational/Life Skills and Vocational Programs
  • Self-Improvement (Mental Health and Control Unit Program)
  • Residential and Non-Residential Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Residential Treatment Community (RTC)
  • Religious Programming and Self-Betterment Activities
  • Support Services

The NSP is the site of major components of the Agency's Cornhusker State Industries (CSI) program.

Security Levels: Maximum, Medium and Minimum Custody

 


Education

(Educational services are provided by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Education)

  • Adult Basic Education
  • College Courses
  • English as a Second Language
  • General Educational Development (GED)

Life Skills/Vocational:

  • Employability
  • Money Smart
  • Inside Out Dads (Parenting)

Self-improvement:

  • Non-Residential Treatment Services (NRTS)
  • Residential Treatment Community (RTC)
  • Mental Health
  • Religious Programming (Catholic, Protestant, Native-American, Islam, Asatru/Theodish, House of Yahweh, Thelema, Jehovah's Witness, MA’AT , Buddhist, Latter Day Saints, Native-American and Wiccan)
  • Self-Betterment Clubs. (Ethnic/Cultural Awareness, Service and Recreational)
  • The Segregation LEVELS Incentive  Program
  • Second Chance PUPS. For additional information on the dog obedience training program contact: NSP-Acting Public Information Officer Kimberly.McGill@nebraska.gov

Other Support Services available to inmates at the NSP include:

  • Athletics & Recreation
  • Recreation Library/Law Library
     


​Cornhusker State Industries

  • Braille
  • Furniture production
  • Metal fabrication
  • License Plate production
  • Soap/Detergent manufacturing
  • Laundry

CSI products/services are available to any governmental and non-profit entities.

 



Private Venture

There are several Private Venture companies located on Prison grounds, etc. These Inmate-employees, in turn, pay State and Federal taxes and contribute to the costs of their "room and board" at the facility. Part of their income goes into a Victim's Reparation Fund, as well as towards financial support of their families or in savings.

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-133)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS inmates positive for COVID-19

August 30, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – All housing units at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) are under quarantine, in order to ensure the health and well-being of those who live and work inside the facility.

Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) Scott R. Frakes said that testing done on Friday revealed 29 inmates in four housing units were positive for COVID-19. Due to the...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS staff member positive for COVID-19

August 29, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that a staff member with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff member is employed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). The individual is self-isolating at home.

Notification will be provided to those who live and work in the facility as to the new positive...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS inmate tests positive for COVID-19

August 28, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that an inmate housed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, three housing units at the facility are under quarantine while inmates are tested and contact tracing is completed.

“In this particular situation the individual was experiencing symptoms, but did not...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-129)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS staff members positive for COVID-19

August 26, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that two staff members with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). One staff member is employed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). The second staff member is employed at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC). Both individuals are self-isolating at home.

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The 2019 Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) Warden’s Proficiency Award for the Administrative Services Division was awarded to Michelle Decker, secretary for the deputy warden. Decker pushed many positive changes to increase cognitive, behavioral intervention programming. She assisted by assigning instructors, interviewing participants, creating class rosters and obtaining supplies. Teammates at NSP know they can rely on Decker to help other areas of the facilities when needed. As an invaluable SERVES member, she regularly steps up to care for her fellow teammates as well.

Thanks for all your hard work and...Read more

Congratulations to Corporal Colt Heiden on receiving the 2019 Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) Warden’s Proficiency Award for the operations division. For the past two years, Heiden has been assigned to a specialty position at NSP and has taken on some of the most challenging work in the agency. He’s quickly learned the varied aspects of the position while demonstrating the ability to coach and train new team members. Heiden consistently demonstrates dependability and always delivers results above expectations. He frequently goes above and beyond to maintain the safety and security of the facility. Congratulations, Heiden! #...Read more

NDCS offers a wide variety of career opportunities including case workers, food service, health care and security.

CURRENTLY, A $10,000 HIRING BONUS FOR CORPORALS IS BEING OFFERED AT: - Lincoln Correctional Center - Diagnostic and Evaluation Center - Tecumseh State Correctional Institution - Nebraska State Penitentiary

New hires will be paid $10,000 over three years in four month increments. That comes to $1,111.11 every four months.

You must be employed at one of the three male, maximum security facilities to receive the bonus. Transfer or promotion to one of the other facilities will end eligibility for...Read more

Congratulations to Corporal Sally Jackson on receiving the 2019 Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) Warden’s Proficiency and Performance Award for Operations Division. Jackson was chosen for her efforts to consistently model professionalism, demonstrate a positive attitude, and her great attention to detail which improved the work environment for her coworkers and enhanced the atmosphere and security of the facility. Jackson also worked with outside agencies and maintained a positive working relationship with them. She is a true asset to NDCS and goes above and beyond the call of duty and lives our mission: Keep people safe....Read more

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