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Omaha Correctional Center

Omaha Correctional Center

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General Information
Warden
Barbara Lewien
Public Information Officer
Rob Britten: rob.britten@nebraska.gov
Phone
402.595.3963
Address
2323 Avenue J
Omaha, NE 68110-0099
Mailing Address
P.O. Box #11099
Omaha, NE 68110-2766
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About the Facility

The Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) is located on a 37-acre site in East Omaha, just south of Eppley Airfield. The OCC was opened April 24, 1984 with a design capacity of 240 inmates at a total cost of approximately $17 million; today the facility has an operational capacity of 666 inmates in double, and multiple occupancy rooms. In 1994 an additional housing unit brought the design capacity of the OCC to 396 inmate beds.

OCC has been accredited by the American Correctional Association since 1986.


General Information

OCC is a medium and minimum security facility. OCC has a separate entrance building as well as an inner complex including an indoor/outdoor visiting area, a library, a religious center, dental and medical area, restrictive housing unit, academic and pre-employment training areas, central physical plant, laundry, kitchen and dining room, Cornhusker State Industries, canteen and a gymnasium. 


Directions to the Facility

OCC is located at 2323 Avenue J Street, Omaha, NE 68110. Take Interstate 480 East to Highway 75 North to the Cuming Street exit. Turn right (east) onto Cuming Street. Cuming Street turns into Abbott Drive. Remain on Abbott Drive to Locust Street. Turn right (east) onto Locust Street and proceed to 23rd Street. Turn right (south) onto 23rd Street and proceed one block to Avenue J. Turn left (east) on Avenue J to the OCC.

Visiting Hours

VISITING HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR'S DAY:

  • FIRST SESSION: 7:45 TO 10:45 A.M. PROCESSING ENDS AT 9:15 A.M.

  • SECOND SESSION: NOON TO 3 P.M. PROCESSING ENDS AT 1:30 P.M.

 

OCC Visiting Hours
Wednesday - Friday1:30 pm - 4:45 pm
(Regular Visits Entrance Time: 1:00 pm)
5:15 pm - 8:30 pm
(Regular Visits Entrance Time: 4:45 pm)
Saturday - Sunday7:45 am - 10:45 am
(Regular Visits Entrance Time: 7:15 am)
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
(Regular Visits Entrance Time: 11:30 am)

NOTE: The weekend morning session will stop processing visitors at 9:15 a.m. and the weekend afternoon session will stop processing visitors at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the first session will stop processing visitors at 3:00 p.m. and the second session will stop processing visitors at 6:45 p.m. Additionally, visitors will not be allowed to loiter on institutional grounds, buildings, etc. Visitors may arrive at the facility one-half hour (30 minutes) prior to the beginning of a visitation session.

Visiting Procedures

Any deviation from this timeframe must be approved in advance by the Warden/Designee.

Programs

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Programs & Services

Below is a brief record of every available program and service provided by this correctional facility. If it there is any additional facility-specific information pertaining to these programs and services, it will be found under the "Additional Information" tab.

**Please keep in mind that if there is no additional information provided by the facility, the "Additional Information" tab will not be displayed.
Program Description Type
Anger Management

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


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior; aggression, mental health 

Clinical Treatment
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; Sex Offender; attitudes; behavior; mental health.

Clinical Treatment
Coping with Anxiety

Provides psycho-education on managing symptoms of anxiety while increasing the individual's ability to function despite those issues.


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Clinical Treatment
Medication Compliance Group

Explains medications and encourages taking prescribed  mental health medications.


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


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior, Life skills.

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
Destination Dads-Peer Mentoring

A support group for inmates who have completed the Destination Dads program.  The group addresses topics related to the core curriculum.


Need addressed:  Family

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
Living in Balance

Cognitive based educational program designed to address recovery and re-entry issues.  Needs addressed:


Re-entry life skills for addicts.

Non-Clinical Programs
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral intervention which leads to enhanced moral reasoning, better decision making and more appropriate behavior. 


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Thinking for a Change

Thinking for a Change is a high-level cognitive behavioral program developed by the National Institute of Corrections. The program uses role playing to concentrate on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes; behavior; family; friends; aggression.

Non-Clinical Programs
Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education assists adult incarcerated students work toward high school equivalency, or refresh skills regardless of diploma status.


Need Addressed:  Education

Education Programs
College Courses

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


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

Education Programs
ESL/ELL

English as a second language (ESL) is designed to aid those students not fluent in English learn to speak, read, hear and write the language so they can better function in society.


Needs addressed:  Education; life skills

Education Programs
High School

NDCS operates its own school district with a high school. Students of all ages may attend high school classes. Individuals under 22 who have not graduated from high school are required to be in school. Students over 22 need to go through an application process.


 Need addressed:  Education.

Education Programs
Metro Community College Credit Classes

Provides opportunity for higher education.


Needs addressed:  Education, pro-social/outside interest.

Education Programs
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

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


Need Addressed:  Support for addiction.

Pro-Social Activities
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.


Need addressed:  Outside interest.

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
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
Reentry Program

Peer support program which addresses a number of topics such as anger management; employability, wellness and recovery.


Need addressed:  Support.

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
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
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
Assistance for Social Security Application

Social workers provide assistance in obtaining and completing Social Security applications to individuals who qualify and are 90 days from discharge, post-release supervision or parole.


Need addressed:  Re-entry for those who may qualify for Social Security benefits due to age or disability.

Reentry Services
Discharge Planning

Reentry specialists work with individuals to ensure a reentry plan is completed. The plan allows for a smooth transition to the community and focuses on housing, transportation, employment, education, and medical/mental health services as needed.


Need addressed:  Re-entry

Reentry Services
Reentry planning

Clients develop comprehensive reentry plans that include housing/transitional living, employment/education, transportation, ID credentials, medical/mental and behavioral health treatment.


Need addressed:  Reentry.

Reentry Services
Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
Clinical Treatment Programs

See clinical programs list for more details.

Crisis Intervention

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


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

Health Course

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


Need addressed:  Health.

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

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


Need addressed:  mental health

Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

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


Need addressed:  Mental Health; education.

Skilled Nursing Facility

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


Needs addressed:  Health and mental health.

Transition Services

Transition Services are available to those transitioning to or from general population or protective management. Mental Health professionals may assists with these services.


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Veteran's Mental Health Group

Assists Veterans process trauma experienced during military service.


Need addressed:  Mental health

Community Coordination

Social workers coordinate with a variety of community providers and agencies for mental health services, substance abuse treatment and medical services. Providers include the Veteran's Administration, DHHS, treatment agencies, private practice and non-profit organizations.


Needs Addressed:  Housing, medical, mental health, basic needs, re-entry. 

Social Work Services
Living Needs

Social workers assist individuals with high medical/mental health needs to find clothing resources, apply for benefits or general assistance and other life needs.


Needs addressed:  Social work services.

Social Work Services
Medical Services Coordination

Social workers assist individuals with high medical needs to set appointments for medication management, healthcare and provide resources to obtain medical insurance upon release:


Needs addressed:  Health, mental health, life skills, re-entry.

Social Work Services
Specialized Housing Services

Social workers provide assistance to individuals with high medical/mental health needs to obtain transitional living, assisted living or skilled nursing care, as needed.


Needs addressed:  Re-entry

Social Work Services
Specialized Population Served

Specialized Population Served offers services for inmates with mental illness or serious chronic medical conditions that are high risk and multi-needs.


Needs addressed:  Health; mental health

Social Work Services
Alpha

Alpha promotes daily living skills for offenders and encourages character development. All classes are biblically based and open to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. The program includes lessons on addiction prevention, understanding marriage, understanding parenthood and managing finances.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior; life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Cabinet Maker Apprentice

Apprenticeship for learning carpentry skills. 


Need addressed:  Employment

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.


Needs addressed:  Life skills; employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Forklift Training

Training in how to use and operate a forklift.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Planning with a Purpose

Planning with a Purpose teaches constructive thinking, conflict resolution, responsibility and goal setting.


Need addressed:  Life skills.

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
Truck Driver Simulator

Prepares students for taking CDL after release.


Need addressed:  Employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Upholstery Apprenticeship

Trains staff in the skills of doing upholstery work.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Additional Information

Inmates at the facility are afforded educational opportunities. The facility attempts to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of the inmates through the programs and services of the religious activities.

Through programming, the facility has been able to reduce inmate idleness. Treatment programming is always at capacity due to the sizable number of drug and sex offenders at the Omaha Correctional Center. The Omaha Correctional Center hosts the Substance Abuse Unit for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Services as well as a Non-Residential Services program.

The facility is always looking for committed citizens that have an interest in helping our inmates as volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of our restorative programming.

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • ABE/GED
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Residential and Non-Residential
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Self betterment clubs
  • Volunteer activities
  • Work programs to include traditional facility work programs and Cornhusker State Industries
News

When the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC), conducted its 3rd Quarter Employee Recognition, the guest speaker of the event was Director Frakes. Director Frakes presented items from the 2019-2023 strategic plan, and spent a considerable amount of time opening the floor to a dialogue session between staff and himself. In addition, the following staff were recognized during this event. Employee of the Quarter (Corporal Nellie Flores and Corporal Jerry Brittain), Operations Award (Records Officer Mandy Hatfield) and Warden Award (Captain Seth Perlman). The following staff were recognized for longevity, 5 years: Officer Bradley Herring...Read more

The Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) held its first poetry slam on Nov. 14. The event was put on by "Writer's Block," a program with the Nebraska Writers Collective. Two self-betterment clubs, Harambee and NASCA, were able to join together and present their poetry in front of a large, welcoming crowd. The poetry slam was put together to help participating club members with public speaking, developing writing skills and community engagement. The event was a huge success. Approximately 10 volunteers gave a helping hand with scoring the poetry, and approximately 15 poets participated.Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

Canteen Supervisor Chris Sieff organizes snacks at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC).

Sieff has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2012. His main job duties include managing inventory, supervising team members and incarcerated individuals and making sure canteen, special and direct orders run smoothly.

“We vary our stock as much as possible to accommodate all the different inmates and their food and hygiene needs,” Sieff said. “By listening to their needs, we are able to adapt the canteen to better serve the population.”

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The Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) recently held a Harambee meeting. Sen. Carol Blood was one of the guest speakers in attendance on Oct. 25.Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Corporal Bianca Bryson checks a visitor in at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). Bryson has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2013. As the pass clerk, her main job duty is to ensure that all visitors are approved to visit, and process them into the institution. Bryson said she enjoys making sure families and friends can visiting inmates because she knows it is just one piece of the rehabilitation process. #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

Unit Case Manager Michael Latka graduated from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Leadership Academy in May, and recently turned his proposed action plan into a reality. Latka recognized the need to improve training room resources at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). He leveraged the resources and connections he made through the leadership academy and stuck with the project, recently commissioning Cornhusker State Industries (CSI) to produce 32 new tables and 72 new chairs. Great work!Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Human Resource Manager RT Cabardo calls an applicant to offer employment with the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). Cabardo has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2009. His main duties include supervising and handling all human resource matters for the three NDCS institutions in Omaha. Cabardo said he enjoys the daily challenges in his work every day, along with the satisfaction of helping others find employment within the department. #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

See KMTV's story on the milkweed project taking place at the Omaha Correctional Center: https://www.3newsnow.com/news/local-news/omaha-correctional-center-inmates-plant-habitat-for-monarch-butterflies?autoplay=trueRead more

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