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Nebraska State Penitentiary

Nebraska State Penitentiary

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General Information
Warden
Robert Madsen
Public Information Officer
Kim McGill: kimberly.mcgill@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 thirty-six bed control unit also built in the 1950's continues in use as a high security segregation facility. 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. 

FAMILY COUNSEL INFORMATION

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
General Population Visiting Hours
Wednesday8:00 am - 12:00 pm1:00 - 4:30 pm
Thursday8:00 am - 12:00 pm1:00 pm - 4:30 pm5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday8:00 am - 12:00 pm1:00 pm - 4:30 pm5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday8:00 am - 12:00 pm1:00 pm - 4:30 pm5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sunday8:00 am - 12:00 pm1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Restrictive Housing Visiting Hours
Wednesday5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sunday5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

FAMILY COUNCIL INFORMATION

Next meeting: March 20, 2018, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the NSP Visiting Room

Visiting Procedures

All visitors should verify the inmate's assigned visiting day before traveling to the facility and must be an approved visitor to visit. 

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 ascending
Cornhusker State Industries

Cornhusker State Industries (CSI) establishes employment opportunities for individuals that approximate private-sector work opportunities. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Defy Ventures

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

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
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
Released and Restored

Released and Restored provides life skills training for employment, finances and consumer education. The program also focuses on helping individuals learn critical thinking skills, recognize distorted thinking and develop techniques to address problem areas.

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

The TRADE Program teaches life skills core classes including Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking, Communication, Personal Finance, Healthy Relationships, Basic Computer and Job Prep. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
180 Re-entry Assistance Program

This program provides incarcerated individuals with preparation for the workforce through noncredit work readiness workshops. It will also help individuals determine their career pathways and to better prepare for their eventual release. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Construction: Construction Technology***

ABC Construction is a grant-funded provider offering training programs that are followed by a building project. The project allows students to experience work-based learning and hands-on applications in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, drywall, roofing, finish carpentry and painting. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Construction: OSHA Certificate***

"The Core Curriculum" is the foundation course for all National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) apprenticeship training programs. It is followed by a building project that allows students to experience work-based and learn hands-on applications in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, drywall, roofing, finish carpentry and painting. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Western Alternative Corrections ***

Services offered by Western Alternative Corrections include but are not limited to: Residential, Transition Skills, Basic Money Management, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Parenting, Family Reunification, Vocational Assessments, Job Placement Services, Individual Program Planning, Risk/Needs Assessment, Progress Meetings, Case Notes and Release Planning.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
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. 

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.

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.  

Social Work 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.  

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

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

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.

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
7th Step

7th Step is a self-betterment club that allows members to discuss and work on issues that hold them back from their best selves. Topics can include drug use, anger, family issues and more. 

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. 

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. 

Pro-Social Activities
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a workshop that that provides insight on topics such as anger and relationships. The project introduces new ways to manage disagreements. 

Pro-Social Activities
Harambee African Cultural Organization (HACO)

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

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

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

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. 

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. 

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
Toastmasters

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

Pro-Social Activities
ABE/ASE General Population

ABE/ASE general population education programs are for adult students who need to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma or brush up on basic skills regardless of their diploma status. 

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. 

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. 

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
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
Second Chance Pups

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

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 using role playing to concentrate on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders.

Non-Clinical Programs
Transformation Project

The Transformation Project is a prisoner transition and reentry program aimed at promoting positive inmate behavior during incarceration and preparing participants for transition back into the community. Self-study modules are available for inmates in longer-term restrictive housing. 

Non-Clinical Programs
WRAP: Vocational and Life Skills Program

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. WRAP®, which is currently being used in Restrictive Housing, addresses a number of physical, mental health and life issues. 

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.

Non-Clinical Programs
Crime Victims Impact/Empathy and Life Skills

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

Non-Clinical Programs
Restorative Justice

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

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
The Challenge Program

The Challenge Program (TCP) (formerly known as Close Management Units) is Mission Specific Housing that provides a controlled a 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.

Non-Clinical Programs
Domesti-PUPS

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

Non-Clinical Programs
Restrictive Housing Peer Mentoring Program

This pilot program will provide individuals assigned to longer term restrictive housing (LTRH) status access to trained peer mentors from general population inmates, as a means to aid them in transitioning to general population and increasing their chances of succeeding.

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
Genesis Process

This pilot program is a faith-based relapse prevention program, which gives incarcerated individuals the opportunity to meet with drug counselors for a total of 22 or 23 sessions.

Non-Clinical Programs
Living Well

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

Non-Clinical Programs
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. 

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. Also offered on parole. 

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.

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.

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 ten months. 

Clinical Treatment
Violence Reduction Program***

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

Clinical Treatment
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

The Community Justice Center (CJC) completed its 66th Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) on Feb. 14. One-hundred percent of class participants said they gained insight into who their victims really are and how they were harmed and damaged. "This class taught me who was effected by my crime and taught me about my victims," one participant said.Read more

Corporal Jay Wilson greets team members with a smile at the front entrance of the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). Wilson has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services since 2004. He is currently assigned in a relief position, which means team members will see his smiling face throughout the facility. When asked what he likes best about his job, Wilson easily replied, “Spreading the happiness, making a difference.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

Research shows that individuals working in corrections face higher levels of stress than those in other lines of work. With that increased stress, comes a higher need for healthy and productive stress management activities. Thanks to retention funds allocated by the Nebraska Legislature, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is helping team members become the best versions of themselves. NDCS opened its first employee wellness center on Oct. 16, providing additional health benefits free of cost. The center – open to all NDCS team members – is located in a former administrative archive building near the Nebraska...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-06)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

Jan. 26, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) – “You generally don’t trust anybody in prison, but in this gallery there is a wealth of trust, growth and respect. You can lean on these guys here. We’re here for each other.”

This was one sentiment expressed by a resident living on the mission-specific housing gallery called the Prison Fellowship Academy at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). Mission-specific housing provides incarcerated individuals a way to create a sense of community...Read more

A group of incarcerated individuals at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) recently graduated from Thinking For a Change (T4C). Instructors Justin Podany and Lawrence Brier said students were eager to complete the course. Congratulations, graduates!Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-05)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

Note: This is the last of a series about Vocational and Life Skills programs funded by LB907.

Jan. 19, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Without the proper training, stepping back into the workforce after incarceration is a daunting expectation. Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is helping reduce recidivism by providing pre-employment training in a number of areas such as carpentry, drywall, roofing, finish carpentry and more.

“I feel like our greatest success has...Read more

The Community Justice Center completed its 64th Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy (Life Skills) class at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) on Dec. 23. Over 90 percent of class participants came away with who their victims really are, the impact their decisions have on those victims/communities and how to take care of their “emotional hygiene." Seventy-three percent of participants rated the class excellent. "It helped me understand different opinions and aspects in life through others eyes," one participant said.Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-03)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

January 10, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Governor Ricketts announced that his budget includes adding a 100-bed unit to the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP).

“This new construction adds minimum custody beds, which will allow individuals to transition through the system and ultimately to the community,“ said Director Frakes. “We appreciate the Governor’s support as we increase our capacity and keep people safe.

“We have focused significant efforts on reentry...Read more

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