Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

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


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


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.



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.

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Programs & Services

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

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

Non-Clinical Programs
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
Living in Balance

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

Non-Clinical Programs
Living Well

This program provides individuals with techniques to manage chronic health conditions.  

Non-Clinical 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
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
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
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
ABE/ASE General Population

ABE/ASE general population education programs are for adult students who need to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma or brush up on basic skills regardless of their diploma status. 

Education Programs
College Courses

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

Education Programs

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
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
Job Skills & Readiness

This program teaches communication skills for relationship building, which provides greater ability to obtain employment. 

Education Programs
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. 

Pro-Social Activities

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. 

Pro-Social Activities
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
Sports leagues

A variety of different sports leagues are offered throughout NDCS facilities. Please check with recreational specialists for more information.

Pro-Social Activities
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
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
Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
Clinical Treatment Programs

See clinical programs list for more details.

Crisis Intervention

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

Healthy Living

This program, delivered by a wellness expert, provides preventative health education and nutrition.

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

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

Restrictive Housing

Restrictive Housing conducts out of cell and front of cell assessments, treatment plans and segregation mental status evaluations. 

Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

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

Skilled Nursing Facility

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.  

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. 

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
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
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. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Construction: OSHA Certificate***

"The Core Curriculum" is the foundation course for all National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) apprenticeship training programs. It is followed by a building project that allows students to experience work-based and learn hands-on applications in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, drywall, roofing, finish carpentry and painting. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Cornhusker State Industries

Cornhusker State Industries (CSI) establishes employment opportunities for individuals that approximate private-sector work opportunities. 

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. 

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
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
Western Alternative Corrections ***

Services offered by Western Alternative Corrections include but are not limited to: Residential, Transition Skills, Basic Money Management, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Parenting, Family Reunification, Vocational Assessments, Job Placement Services, Individual Program Planning, Risk/Needs Assessment, Progress Meetings, Case Notes and Release Planning.

Vocational/Life Skills 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



CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

October 2, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced the implementation of bold, unprecedented strategies to address recruiting challenges at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services’ (NDCS) largest facilities, and the persistent retention challenges at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI).

“These initiatives represent an innovative approach to compensation that invests in our people at our facilities with the greatest needs...Read more

Fourteen men graduated from ReConnect, Inc.'s Success Prep class at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) on Aug. 29. This was TSCI's 5th Success Prep class to graduate with the help of ReConnect, Inc. Executive Director LaVon Stennis-Williams. "This graduation is very special to us for numerous reasons," TSCI Associate Warden April Bulling-June said. "This is LaVon’s fist class back from brain surgery and it is our one-year anniversary with Success Prep and LaVon at TSCI. To have five graduations within one year, given all our facility has encountered this past year, is incredible." Congratulations, graduates!

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CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

August 23, 2017 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – Ronald Fort (57), inmate #31572, died at 10:18 pm on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Johnson County Hospital. Fort was assigned to the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution and was serving a combined sentence of 31 years 8 months to Life for charges in Douglas County. Fort was convicted of second degree murder in 1978, possession of a firearm by a fugitive/felon in 1990 (while on parole), and manslaughter in 1992 (while on parole)....Read more


CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

July 31, 2017 (Tecumseh, Neb.) –Today, an inmate at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution assaulted a staff member. The assault, which occurred in the dining hall, included the inmate punching the staff member in the face multiple times. The staff member fell to the ground, at which time the inmate kicked the staff member in the face. When additional staff arrived to intervene, the inmate ran away from the area and was quickly restrained by other staff members.

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CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

July 31, 2017 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – Lewis Bade (82), inmate #50738, died at 3:45 am on Friday, July 28, 2017, in the skilled nursing facility at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. Bade was serving 56 years 8 months to 100 years for 4 counts of first degree sexual assault, 2 counts of first degree sexual assault on a child, and 1 count visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct from Madison and Stanton counties. His sentence began on March 19, 1998; he had a projected...Read more


CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

July 25, 2017 (Tecumseh, Neb.) –Two staff members were assaulted by an inmate at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) at approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 24, 2017.

Two staff members had restrained the inmate to escort him from his restrictive housing cell to another location. As the door opened, the inmate lunged forward and used his head to hit one staff member in the head. The other staff member was holding the restraints and working to control the...Read more


CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

July 23, 2017 (Tecumseh, Neb.) –Earlier this morning, two staff members were assaulted at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). One staff member received serious, non-life-threatening injuries requiring medical treatment.

The inmates in one housing unit gallery initially refused to return to their cells, but have since done so without the need for force. The facility is secure and all staff are safe and accounted for.

The facility is in modified...Read more


CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

June 28, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – In the past week, a total of 27 students graduated from Alpha programs in classes at both the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) and the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI).

Alpha is a series of sessions designed to explore the Christian faith. Run worldwide, it is not specifically a prison program. Alpha network director Jodi Meyer said while the program is centered around Christianity, it does not exclude those of other faiths....Read more



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