402.595.3963
 

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
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.
Programsort ascending Description Type
Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
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.

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
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.

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. 

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
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
Re-Entry Program

This workshop provides support, life skills and employment skills through the use of mock interviews and problem solving. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Planning with a Purpose

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

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Parenting Class

Focuses on teaching cooperation, communication, and appropriate discipline. Meets for a total of 8 hours. 

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
Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous encourages its members to attend meetings, read and listen to speakers. Membership in the program serves as a foundation to encourage and face the truth about addiction. 

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
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 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
Living in Balance

This program utilizes a twelve step approach to help clients achieve lifelong recovery. 

Non-Clinical Programs
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
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
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
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

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.

Cabinet Maker Apprentice

Apprenticeship for learning carpentry skills.  


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
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.

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
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
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
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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-A8)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-471-5799 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

Aug. 7, 2018 (Omaha, Neb.) – Monarch butterflies migrating through Nebraska have a much needed place to rest, thanks to several men at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC).

The facility has partnered with the Henry Doorly Zoo and the Nebraska Wildlife Federation to give monarch butterflies a place to thrive. They are doing it by planting three different varieties of local ecotype milkweed on facility grounds. Grounds Corporal David Moore, at OCC, is leading the project...Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mail/Material Specialist Jenny Snell has been employed for eighteen years. Jenny’s job duties include running the mail room at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). She is responsible for all incoming and outgoing inter-office and US Mail. In this picture she is opening a package for inspection to ensure there is not contraband inside the package prior to it going into the institution. Jenny states that she enjoys her job because it keeps her busy all day long. #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Grounds Corporal David Moore discusses a new planting project at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). Moore has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2016. His main job duties include supervising incarcerated men, monitoring the facility garden, taking care of the property and fixing anything that breaks. “It’s enjoyable work,” Moore said. “I’ve gotten more comfortable being in here and doing the same kind of landscaping and maintenance work I’ve done my whole life. The guys in here actually want to do this work.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Training Specialist David Hanson prepares American Correctional Association (ACA) files at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). Hanson has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2002. His main duties are the coordination and instruction of training classes for all staff assigned to the three Omaha Institutions. “Each day is an opportunity to learn or do something new,” Hanson said. #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Facility Maintenance Specialist Jeremiah Barns fixes a door at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). Barns has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2004. As a certified locksmith, Barns’ duties include ensuring all locks and doors are working properly and completed general maintenance throughout the facility. “I enjoy this work because I get to work with my hands and problem solve,” Barns said. “It’s important for the day-to-day operations of the facility and I enjoy the people I work with.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

On June 16, at the Correctional Peace Officer Foundation (CPOF) PROJECT 2000 XXIX in Houston, TX, members of the NDCS Honor Guard were presented a Lifetime Sponsorship plaque for the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). During the event, NDCS Honor Guard team presented another donation of $5,000.00 to the CPOF for Lifetime Sponsorship on behalf of the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) in honor of Warden Fred Britten. This plaque will be presented at PROJECT 2000 XXX in Louisville, KY on Saturday June 8, 2019.

In addition, during the Assault Survivor Luncheon at PROJECT 2000 XXIX, Corporal Jerry Brittian assigned to the...Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Associate Warden Ed Fabian completes paperwork at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). Fabian has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 1984. His job duties include overseeing all facility operations including maintenance, food service, records, accreditation and other divisions. “In Omaha rehabilitation is important because we’re a facility that’s one step away from going to community corrections,” Fabian said. “Helping them in a way that they won’t come back is very important.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

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