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Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

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General Information
Warden
Brad Hansen
Public Information Officer
Boris Ilic: boris.ilic@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
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.
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
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
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.

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
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
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.

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
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
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
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.

Challenge Series

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


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Cabinet Maker Apprentice

Apprenticeship for learning carpentry skills.  


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills 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
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
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
ABC OSHA General Industries

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
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: 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
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
  • 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

The Community Justice Center (CJC) completed its 16th Restorative Justice Victims Impact/Empathy life skills class at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) on April 17. One-hundred percent of class participants rated the class excellent with 80 percent showing empathy and/or insight into the effects their actions have on their victims/community. "It helped me to better understand my continued responsibility and to stay on my path of giving back (repairing the harm I’ve caused)," one participant said.Read more

After a 12-hour shift and a long day at the Employee Activity Committee's barbeque last week, Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) team members didn't hesitate to stop and help a colleague in need. Way to demonstrate excellence both inside and outside of the workplace!Read more

Incarcerated individuals at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) were given the opportunity to interact with motivational speaker and author Ron “Gus” Gustafson on April 23. Gustafson, author of “Fully Armed,” shared his story of losing his arm and shoulder in a tragic accident as a child and how he has been able to cope and use his sense of humor to thrive in spite of his circumstances. Thirteen men attended the presentation, where Gustafson demonstrated skills that he has acquired in order to overcome obstacles in his life. Several individuals in attendance were invited to attempt skills such as tying a necktie,...Read more

Team members at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) hosted its annual Employee Activities Committee (EAC) barbeque on May 8 in honor of Correctional Employee Appreciation week.

The menu consisted of pulled pork sandwiches, homemade potato salad, baked beans, soda or water and Ice Cream sundaes. Approximately 350 to 400 TSCI team members enjoyed a meal. ALPHA Volunteers showed their support with fresh fruit and raffles.Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-13)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

April 28, 2018 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – Adrian Eagle Elk (29), inmate #64741, died on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Johnson County Hospital. He was assigned to the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.

At approximately 7:00 a.m., staff members observed Eagle Elk unresponsive in his cell from an apparent suicide attempt. They immediately initiated CPR; Eagle Elk was transferred to the local hospital via emergency responders, where he was pronounced dead at 7:58 a.m....Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

Corporal Charles Godfrey supervises a post at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI).

Godfrey has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2003. His main job duties include supervising posts in addition to teaching pre-service, in-service, chemical agent, CPR/First Aid and firearm classes.

“I really enjoy working with such a variety of team members and incarcerated individuals,” Godfrey said. “I like that no day is the same and I can continually learn new things. I really like when I can train fellow staff to help make our job safer.”

#...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-12)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

April 10, 2018 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – Isaiah Jones (74), #33355, died today at 1:35 a.m. at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. His sentence began on Feb. 25, 1981. He was serving a life sentence for first degree murder (Douglas County).

Cause of death has not been determined; Jones was being treated for a long-term medical condition. As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, a grand jury will...Read more

Ten Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) team members donated blood to the American Red Cross on April 2. Thank you for your generous donations!Read more

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