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Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

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General Information
Warden
Brad Hansen
Public Information Officer
Kevin.Wilken@Nebraska.gov
Phone
402.335-5998
Address
2725 Hwy 50
Tecumseh, NE 68450
Mailing Address
PO Box #900
Tecumseh, NE 68450

About the Facility

The Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) was established by LB 150 in 1997. In the spring of 1998 a site two miles north of Tecumseh was selected for the institution and ground was broken in December of the same year. Hiring of initial staff commenced in late spring 2000. TSCI began accepting inmates in December 2001.

TSCI has a ten-bed skilled nursing facility, clinic exam rooms, on-site x-ray, medical laboratory, optometry, and dental.


General Information

TSCI is a maximum/medium custody facility for adult males. The facility includes a 194-bed restrictive housing unit and houses inmates sentenced to the death penalty. The death penalty is administered at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. 

FAMILY COUNCIL INFORMATION


Directions to the Facility

TSCI is located two miles north of Tecumseh, Nebraska on the west side of Highway 50.

From Lincoln, Nebraska: Highway 2 east of Lincoln to Highway 50, then right (south) on Highway 50 for 18 miles OR Highway 77 south of Lincoln to Highway 41 then left (east) to Highway 50 then right (south) for 1 1/2 miles.

From Omaha, Nebraska: From Interstate 80, Exit 440 (near Sapp Brothers Truck Stop) take Highway 50 south for approximately 54 miles.

Visiting Hours

VISITING HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS FOR THANKSGIVING DAY (THURSDAY, NOV. 22):

  • HU1: 8:30 TO 11:30 A.M.

  • HU2: NOON TO 3 P.M.

  • HU3/ISDP: 5 TO 7:30 P.M.

HU1 Visiting Hours
Wednesday--5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday8:30am - 11:30am12:00pm - 3:00pm
Saturday--5:00pm - 7:30pm
Sunday8:00am - 11:00am--
HU2 Visiting Hours
Wednesday8:30am - 11:30am12:00pm - 3:00pm---
Friday8:30am - 11:30am12:00pm - 3:00pm5:00pm - 7:30pm
Saturday---12:15pm - 3:15pm---
Sunday------5:00pm - 7:30pm
HU3 Visiting Hours
Wednesday8:30am - 11:30am12:00pm - 3:00pm---
Friday8:30am - 11:30am12:00pm - 3:00pm5:00pm - 7:30pm
Saturday8:00am - 11:00am------
Sunday---12:15pm - 3:15pm---
SMU Visiting Hours (CCTV Visits)
Wednesday8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday8:00am - 5:00pm
ISDP Visiting Hours
Thursday5:00pm - 7:30pm

FAMILY COUNCIL INFORMATION

Visiting Procedures and Visiting Procedures Revisions

Tecumseh State Correctional Institution Visiting Procedures

  • Only state issued clothing will be allowed to be worn by inmates in visiting
  • Seating is limited to 165 people total; visitors/inmates beyond the 165 seating total will not be permitted
  • Processing will begin 15 minutes prior to the session start time
  • Processing will end 30 minutes after the beginning of the session

Effective April 3, 2017, the following visiting schedule is implemented:

Inmates not in restrictive housing or in Housing Unit 2B will have the opportunity to visit up to 3 sessions during the week OR 1 session on the weekend. The morning and noon session during the weekdays will be combined for those who are interested. However, they will count as separate sessions.
** Cutoff time will be 1 hour after the start of the visiting session.

The charts above indicate the visiting schedule for all statuses of inmates at TSCI, with the exception of Housing Unit 2B, effective April 3, 2017.

NOTE: MAXIMUM CAPACITY FOR THE VISITING ROOM IS 165.

 

Housing Unit 2B visiting:

  • Housing Unit 2B inmates will be allowed Face to Face No Contact Visits, up to 2 sessions during the week or 1 session on the weekend during any visiting session as space permits.
  • Visitors will need to contact the gatehouse staff 3 days in advance of the requested visiting date to schedule a 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
Metro Community College Employability Skills

Allow students to enhance their interpersonal skills, improve ability to work in teams, learn to communicate effectively, think creatively, use problem solving techniques, and explore competive job-seeking strategies.


Need addressed:  Employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Cabinet Maker Apprentice

Apprenticeship for learning carpentry skills. 


Need addressed:  Employment

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

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

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

A program which trains in construction application by allowing students to experience work-based learning and hands-on in the areas of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, drywall, roofing, finish carpentry and painting.


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
ABC Core Curriculum

This program includes basic construction safety; introduction to construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings and basic rigging; communication skills; and material handling.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Forklift Training

Training in how to use and operate a forklift.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
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
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
ABC OSHA General Industries

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


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Associated Linen Management Certification

Teaches skills in the area of laundry management. 


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
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
Community Coordination

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


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

Social Work Services
Living Needs

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


Needs addressed:  Social work services.

Social Work Services
Specialized Population Served

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


Needs addressed:  Health; mental health

Social Work Services
Medical Services Coordination

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


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

Social Work Services
Crisis Intervention

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


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

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


Need addressed:  mental health

Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

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


Need addressed:  Mental Health; education.

Transition Services

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


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Skilled Nursing Facility

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


Needs addressed:  Health and mental health.

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.

Clinical Treatment Programs

See clinical programs list for more details.

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
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
Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

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
Peru Inside Out

A dynamic partnership between students and incarcerated men to study crime and justice; critically analyze the criminal justice system, punishment versus rehabilitation; myths and realities of contemporary prison lie; race, class and other diversity issues; victim issues; and restorative justice.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social, education

Pro-Social Activities
Reconnect: Pass It On

Helps participants serving 15 years to life, develop peer mentors in prison to help them serve their sentences productively.  Need addressed:  Pro-social.

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
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
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
Sports/Recreation Activities

A variety of activities that encourage health pastimes are offered at all facilities. Please check with recreational specialists for more information.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest; health.

Pro-Social Activities
Toastmasters

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


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

Pro-Social Activities
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
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
Challenge Series

The Challenge Series is a Restrictive Housing journaling program designed to assist individuals prepare for general housing placement. 


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Commitment to Change

A cognitive behavioral program designed to help those in Restricted Housing work toward placement in general population housing. 


Need Addressed:  Attitude; behavior.

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
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
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
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
Beyond Anger and Violence/From the Inside Out

Beyond Anger and Violence/From the Inside Out assists clients in institutional settings and community corrections address anger, reconciliation and emotion management. This program provides guidelines for daily living, helping to build, strengthen and maintain relationships.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Destination Dads-Within My Reach

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


Need addressed:  Family

Non-Clinical Programs
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
The Challenge Program

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


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Domesti-PUPS

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


Needs addressed: Pro-social, attitude, behavior

Non-Clinical Programs
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
Transformation Project

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


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior, re-entry.

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.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior; aggression, 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
Seven Decision Group

Long Term Restrictive Housing clinical group.


Need addressed:  Mental health.

Clinical Treatment
Interpersonal Problems Solving Group

Clinical program in Long Term Restrictive Housing which assists participants to address problems.


Need addressed:  Mental Health

Clinical Treatment
Major Mental Health Group

Addresses major mental health challenges.


Need addressed:  Mental Health.

Clinical Treatment
Mental Health Group

A group which helps participants address mental health issues and needs.


Need addressed:  Mental Health

Clinical Treatment
Additional Information
  • ABE/GED classes
  • College correspondence courses
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Self-betterment clubs
  • Volunteer activities
  • Pre-release programs
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • 7 Habits on the Inside
  • Inside/Out Dads
  • Transformation Project
  • Inside/Out Peru State College course
  • Work programs to include traditional facility work programs and Cornhusker State Industries

The facility attends to the emotional and spiritual needs of the inmates through the religious programs and services. Volunteers are a vital part of our restorative programming.  The facility welcomes citizens that have an interest in working with inmates as volunteers. Through programming, the facility is also able to reduce inmate idleness.
 


TSCI Family Council

TSCI Family Council will be held in the TSCI Visiting Room on the following dates:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. for Housing Units #2 and #3
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. for Housing Unit #1
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. for SMU/ISDP

The meeting will last up to one hour. The purpose of the Family Council will be to provide an avenue for participants to communicate directly with members of the Administration, identify areas that may be in need of improvement and get feedback on those ideas. While it is important to remember that change will not be immediate, this forum gives us an opportunity to discuss the aspects of change. While you do not need to be immediate family to attend, all attendees must be approved visitors to TSCI.

The initial focus of the Family Council will be the visitation process and all aspects related to visitation. Other areas to be discussed will be the other means of communication you have with your incarcerated friends and family (i.e. mail, email and telephone).

Initial agenda items will be:

  • General introductions
  • Ground rules for meeting:
    • Meetings will begin and end on time
    • Dress code for meetings will be the same as visitation dress code
    • No one inmate will be discussed
    • No one staff member or group of staff members will be discussed
    • Interruptions of staff and other attendees will not be allowed
  • Items to be added to the next agenda will be determined through discussions at each meeting
  • Meeting minutes will be taken and available for participants at the next visiting session and posted on the bulletin board in the lobby waiting area
  • Discussion for meeting:
    • Issues of general concern - relative to visiting
    • Suggestions for improvement - relative to visiting

Quarterly Family Council Meeting Notes

News

Two incarcerated individuals recently completed a mural in the Skilled Nursing Facility at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). Fantastic work, guys!Read more

On June 5, Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) completed its third Thinking for a Change (T4C) program. This course taught by NDCS staff trained to facilitate was offered for the first time in this unit. Nine students graduated from this thirteen week program which meets twice a week and requires individual study. These students were committed to the completion of this program gaining a feeling of accomplishment at the end. Two comments from students were, “ it taught me how to walk through a situation before I reacted”, and “this is the first class I have ever stuck with”.Read more

On June 5, Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) graduated its seventh class of “Success Prep”. This program instructed by LaVon Stennis-Williams Executive Director of ReConnect, Inc., was developed for incarcerated individuals preparing to re-enter the community within the next twenty four months. Success Prep has provided TSCI population the proper resources for re-entry and has given them the opportunity to see themselves succeed!Read more

The Community Justice Center (CJC) completed its 17th Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) “Restorative Justice -Victims Impact/Empathy (Life Skills) Class” on May 22. Eighty nine percent of class participants rated the class Excellent! With eighty percent showing some level of empathy and/or insight in the effects their actions on their victims/community. Two class participants said: “I learned how to take care of my Emotional Hygiene and also how my victims really suffered". “I now know what Restorative Justice is and how I’ve impacted the lives of my victims, community and family.”Read more

On May 29, Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) celebrated its 63rd Substance Abuse Unit (SAU) graduating class. For the first time at TSCI, graduation was celebrated with family and friends in the visiting room. Guest speaker Dr. Richard Thomas spoke of committing to change and the power of family support to the ten graduates. Congratulations!Read more

Christian Heritage hosted two Father Son Hang Outs at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) on March 12 and May 26. A total of seven fathers enjoyed painting, yard games, cupcakes and a photo booth with their sons.Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Case Worker Linda Stinson updates spreadsheets to keep track of the many programs and activities that incarcerated individuals are participating in while housed in the Special Management Unit (SMU) at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). Stinson has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2008 and started as a Correctional Officer. In 2009 she promoted to Corporal and in 2013 to her current assignment as a Case Worker. Her main job duties include being on the galleries daily and checking in with staff and incarcerated individuals. She also assists the Case Managers...Read more

Rusty

On April 30, Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) celebrated its second K9 graduation. Six Handlers received certificates of completion and two Handlers became certified trainers. TSCI Handlers have found a great sense of accomplishment and passion for this program. One Handler stated during graduation the K9 program is “the first and only program he has participated in during his 30 years of incarceration”. Canines Evie and Rusty have moved on to assist community members in their trained abilities, and Handlers are still working with Gus to continue to develop and train him until he starts the Service Program at the...Read more

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