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Nebraska State Penitentiary

Nebraska State Penitentiary

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General Information
Warden
Michele Capps
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.
Programsort ascending Description Type
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
Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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
Sports leagues

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

Pro-Social Activities
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
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
Skilled Nursing Facility

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

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
Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

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

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
Restrictive Housing

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

Restorative Justice

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

Non-Clinical Programs
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Living Well

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

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 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
Job Skills & Readiness

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

Education Programs
Individual/Group Psychotherapy

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

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
Healthy Living

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
Defy Ventures

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. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Crisis Intervention

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


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

Crime Victims Impact/Empathy and Life Skills

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 teachers how to become emotionally proficient, which translates into better decision making and reduced conflicts. 


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior, Life skills.

Non-Clinical Programs
Continuing Care-Sex Offender Program

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

Needs Addressed: Attitude; behavior; mental health.

Clinical Treatment
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
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
Clinical Treatment Programs

See clinical programs list for more details.

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
Associated Linen Management Certification

Teaches skills in the area of laundry management.  


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
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
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
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; and new ways to address disagreements.  


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.  

Pro-Social Activities
Advanced Outlaws Journey Program

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

Need Addressed:  Education; pro-social

Pro-Social Activities
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
ABC Core Curriculum

Program includes basic safety information; introduction to construction math; hand tools; power tools; construction drawings; material handling; communication and employability skills.


Needs Addressed:  Employment

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. 


Need Addressed:  Employment

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. 


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Applied Construction Math

This program provides learning in the area of construction math such as calculating area, angles, volumes, pressure, shapes; solving for the unknown; and reading measurements.


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills 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
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.


 Need Addressed:  Support

Pro-Social Activities
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 Nebraska State Penitentiary’s (NSP) Employee Appreciation Committee (EAC) launched Corrections Appreciation Month off in a huge way by providing an all-you-can eat barbeque on May 1, serving all three shifts.

Team members could choose between a chicken breast, a foot-long hot dog, a hamburger, a cheeseburger or any combination of all four. Fair also included baked beans, chips and cookies.

It is estimated the EAC served around 300 people. Randy Bartelt, EAC chair, indicated that this large of an undertaking would not be possible without the skillful help from the 11-member EAC team.Read more

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May 8, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) – William J. Bland (68), #78761, died today at 6:15 a.m. at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. His sentence began on September 12, 2013. He was serving a 10 to 14 year sentence for possession of a controlled substance/cocaine (habitual criminal) from Lancaster County.

Cause of death has not been determined. As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, a grand jury will conduct an...Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Margaret Chipendo assesses a patient at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). Chipendo has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since August of 2017. Her job duties include taking care of medical needs and providing care throughout the clinic. “The science of medicine is unique and evolves all the time,” Chipendo said. I want to gain understanding of it and help people. I love my job and what I do.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

The Circle of Concerned Lifers group at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) listened intently as Frank LaMere, Kelly Grey Carlisle, and Greg Winship spoke from their hearts about their life stories and their own involvement with Restorative Justice on April 11. When Winship, asked the group, “what is Restorative Justice?,” the group responded with, “accountability, reconciliation, restitution from the heart and repairing harm.” The evening ended with many resounding voices of thank you and applause for the panel members. LaMere (Winnebago) is a lifelong activist for Native and human rights. He was instrumental in closing down...Read more

Read the Lincoln Journal Star's story on the new tarp for the Native American sweat lodge at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP): http://journalstar.com/legislature/sacred-ground-at-state-prison-is-silent-witness-to-the/article_dd83396a-103f-591b-a07e-603486a46678.htmlRead more

Innovator’s #4362 Toastmaster’s Club held their symposium in the Visiting Room of the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) on April 9. The mission of the Toastmaster’s Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Innovator’s #4362 is a longstanding club that has won multiple awards. Volunteers indicate that the club has incredible energy and positivity. Charlotte Duncan-Wagner gave a speech at the symposium and talked about her children's book, The...Read more

The internationally-renown Chiara String Quartet performed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) on April 2. The group's members are Rebecca Fischer and Hyeyung Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; and Gregory Beaver, cello. This is the quartet’s last season playing together. Thank you for a wonderful performance!Read more

Incarcerated individuals at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) are participating in the Hero’s Journey Prison Writing Project.

The Hero’s Journey Prison Writing Project is a volunteer-based writing program intended to help inmates explore their lives more honestly, reinterpret their motives and behaviors so they might have a more beneficial incarceration and, ultimately, be one of the programs which facilitates their successful transition into society.

This is a 14-week class and this is the third cohort of students in the program. Overall, 17 incarcerated individuals have already completed the course at NSP...Read more

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