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Work Ethic Camp

Work Ethic Camp

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General Information
Warden
Pam Morello
Public Information Officer
Cristy Schwartz: cristine.schwartz@nebraska.gov
Phone
308.345.8405
Address
2309 N. Hwy 83
McCook, NE 69001

About the Facility

The Work Ethic Camp (WEC) is a 200-bed facility for males classified to 'Minimum B' custody. It provides an individualized program in a time frame appropriate for the individual's needs and sentence structure. Individuals may parole from WEC, progress to a community custody facility or complete their sentence.

General

The Mission of the Work Ethic Camp is to provide an integrated program in partnership with the Probation and Parole Administrations that combine evidence based practices within a structured treatment environment. The overall goal is to reduce the risk of recidivism through offender behavioral change assisting offenders back into the community.

With intermittent supervision, minimum custody individuals may be eligible to work as road crews in the community.

Directions to the Facility

WEC is located 2 miles north of Highway 6/34 and N. Highway 83 junctions.

Visiting Hours
Work Ethic Camp Visiting Hours
Saturday - Sunday8:00 am - 11:00 am1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visitation is allowed for approved visitors.

Visitors may only visit on one visiting day each week. They may attend both sessions on that day.

All visits are subject to approval and space availability. Contact the facility for further information.

Visiting Procedures

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 descending
Non-residential Treatment for Substance Abuse: IOP & OP

Intensive outpatient and outpatient services are available to individuals with lower-need substance abuse disorders.

Clinical Treatment
Living in Balance

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

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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 

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
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.

Skilled Nursing Facility

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

Healthy Living

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

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.  

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

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

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. 

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
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
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
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
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
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
Cornhusker State Industries

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

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
Additional Information

Individuals receive a program tailored to their needs, consisting of one or more of the following:

  • MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy)
  • Seven Habits on the Inside
  • Parenting
    • Destination Dads
    • Inside Out Dads
    • Within My Reach
    • Common Sense Parenting
    • Beyond Anger and From the Inside Out
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Substance Abuse Treatment - Intensive Outpatient
  • GED
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Pre-employment Workshops - Budgeting Class, Flagger Course
  • Prairie Gold Homes Construction Training
  • Intro to Business
  • ABC Construction - OSHA (Construction and General Industry; NCCER Core Curriculum and Construction Math)
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Recreation
  • Work Assignments

Special programs also available to those offenders/inmates who have earned such privileges include the Rewards and Trust programs.  These programs must be earned through positive behavior and program progress and participation.

News

On May 2, team members at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook, NE hosted a reentry fair for incarcerated individuals preparing to return to the community. Several agencies from across Nebraska were represented including colleges, housing programs, and employment services. In attendance at the event were 126 men who had the opportunity to meet service providers and learn more about opportunities available to them in the community.Read more

Thirteen incarcerated men graduated from Thinking for a Change (T4C) at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) on April 18. There are typically three T4C classes occurring at WEC at the same time, and several participants are getting the opportunity to learn how their thinking controls their behavior. They'e learning how to make positive choices in even the toughest situations. Congratulations, graduates!Read more

Incarcerated men at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) started tilling and planting potatoes for their garden earlier this month. This year, WEC has partnered with the Mid-Plains Community College McCook Campus to enhance overall understanding of gardening.Read more

Individuals from Southwest High School and the Chase County Schools toured the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) on April 10. Four incarcerated men were selected to tell visitors their stories based on their participation facility-wide. The men are all in the same Thinking for a Change (T4C) program. Groups from both schools also toured the McCook jail and courthouse.Read more

Corporal Brian Wiemers hosted a karaoke night for the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) population on April 5. Over 50 spectators came to watch as brave individuals took the mic to sing along with their favorite songs in the dining hall.Read more

Team members at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) recently created the Survival of the Fittest workout competition. Thirteen incarcerated men participated in a variety of physical challenges, including push-ups, pull-ups, tricep dips, a 300-yard shuttle run and a calisthenic leg workout. The final challenge was competing in the MURPH -- a crossfit challenge created to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The winners pictured here include 1st place winner Ross Byers (center), 2nd place Lamont Norris (right) and 3rd place Lance White (left).Read more

Twenty-three incarcerated individuals at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) recently earned food handlers permits. Each individual participated in class and passed a written exam to earn their permit, which is good for three years. “This was a great opportunity for them,” said WEC Food Service Director Clarice Shields. “They have furthered their education and having this will help in the job market.” Congratulations!Read more

The northwest section of McCook, Neb. was evacuated due to a quickly moving grass fire on March 6. The Work Ethic Camp (WEC) was in the direct path of the fire, which originated about a quarter of a mile directly north of the facility. While close, the fire did not impact the facility. WEC team members and incarcerated individuals were not in danger. “Thankfully we did not have to evacuate,” WEC Warden Pam Morello said. “It was closer than any of us would have liked. Someone was truly watching over us.” At 60+ miles per hour, winds were among the highest in the state on March 6. It is believed that a house just north of the...Read more

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