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Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

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General Information
Warden
Todd Wasmer
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

Schedule a Visit at TSCI

COVID-19 VISITATION

Visitation during the COVID-19 response is limited due to the need to maintain a 6 foot separation/social distance. Facilities have identified the capacity for their visiting rooms and have adjusted their schedules accordingly. To select a time and date for visitation, please click the button above to complete the online form.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN – Be sure to review the following guidelines:

  • All visitors must be on the inmate’s approved visitor list
  • Visitors with serious underlying medical conditions are not encouraged to visit
  • Individuals who are on quarantine/medical isolation status are not permitted to visit
  • During the facility screening you must be able to answer “no” to the following questions:
    • Do you have a cough, shortness of breath or fever?
    • Have you had contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days?
    • Have you traveled internationally in the previous 14 days?
  • Visitors must bring a mask to wear
  • Up to two adults are allowed at each visit, per inmate
  • Children (under age 18) are not permitted
  • If two adults plan to attend the same visiting session, each person should complete an online form, and include the name of the second person
  • All visitation requests must be submitted at least seven days prior to the selected date
  • Visits are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. You will be notified by email at least three days in advance of your approved visit
  • Be sure to include alternative dates and times for your visit. If your first preference is already filled, staff will try to grant your second or third request
  • If you need to cancel a visit for any reason, notify the facility as soon as possible

*** NOTE: You will need to arrive prior to your scheduled visitation time in order to be screened and searched. Each facility has established a different arrival time, based on its schedules. Be sure you know when you need to be at the facility you are visiting. Late arrivals will not be processed.


Rules inside the Facility

  • Must wear mask at all times
  • Must maintain 6 foot social distance at all times
  • No touching
  • No water fountains or vending (food or drink) will be available
  • No cash permitted
  • No games/books/cards
  • No photos

These rules are in place to keep our population and the public safe and healthy. The facility reserves the right to terminate any visit in which the rules are not followed.  

Questions pertaining to any of the information above can be directed to the facility. Contact information is available on this page.


Facility Visitation Procedures

The link below will take you to visiting procedures that apply to this facility. Note that some information is not current, based on new visitation guidelines implemented due to COVID-19; however, procedures pertaining to identification documents, approved dress code, authorized items, the visitation approval process and other guidelines pertinent to each facility are still applicable and should be followed.

Visiting Procedures and Visiting Procedures Revisions

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
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
Violence Reduction Aftercare

Follow up to the Violence Reduction Program

Need addressed:  Attitude/behavior

 

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.


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Seven Decision Group

Long Term Restrictive Housing clinical group.


Need addressed:  Mental health.

Clinical Treatment
Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

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


Need addressed:  Mental Health; education.

RISE

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Metro Community College (MCC)

MCC provides a variety of courses to assist with employment readiness, life skills, reentry, computer knowledge/skills,  mechanics, quality control and supervision in the workplace.

Needs addressed:  Employment, lifeskills, reentry preparation

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Mental Health Group

Addresses mental health needs.

Need addressed:  Mental Health.

Clinical Treatment
Mental Health Association Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Discusses deescalation; 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
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
Living Skills

This program provides individuals living in  the Special Management Unit with life skills which assists an inmate learn to make the appropriate behavioral changes necessary to transfer back to general population. 


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

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.


Needs addressed:  Social work services.

Social Work Services
Life skills Reentry Prep

Individuals gain skills to obtain and maintain gainful employment; to make healthier and more positive choices; to be successful and productive post release. 


Need addressed:  Life skills

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Laundry Machine Mechanic

Training in industrial mechanics

Needs Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Interpersonal Problems Solving Group

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


Need addressed:  Mental Health

Clinical Treatment
Intentional Peer Support

Helps individuals recover from mental illness, addiction, or trauma with the assistance fo someone who has similar life experiences.  


Needs addressed: Attitudes/Behavior; Prosocial Activities

Pro-Social Activities
Individual/Group Psychotherapy

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


Need addressed:  mental health

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
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.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Furniture Finisher Apprenticeship

Instruction and training in shaping, finishing, and refinishing damaged, warn or used furniture or new high grade furniture to specification.


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Forklift Certification

Training in how to use and operate a forklift.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills 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
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
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
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
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-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
Crisis Intervention

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


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

Courage to Change

A series of cognitive-behavioral interactive journals in which participants can address their individual problem areas based on a criminogenic risk and needs assessment.


Attitudes/Behavior

Non-Clinical Programs
Community Justice Center Victims Impact/Empathy

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
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.

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
Cabinet Maker Apprentice

Apprenticeship for learning carpentry skills. 


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
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
Anger Management High Risk/Need

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
Alpha

Alpha promotes daily living skills 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
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
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
ABC Core Curriculum

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


Need addressed:  Employment

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

 

Introduces masonry, carpentry, electrical, HVAC and plumbing.

Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Applied Construction Math

This program provides learning in the area of construction math such as division, decimals/percentages, reading measurements, calculating area, linear measures, angles, volume, solving for the unknown.


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is an organization which encourages members to read, and listen at meetings using the program as an opportunity to face the truth and become accountable for their addiction to alcohol.


Need Addressed:  Support for addiction and prosocial activity

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. Addresses issues that participants are interested in working on.  Topics can include drug use, anger, family issues and more.


 Need Addressed:  Support

Pro-Social Activities
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

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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