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The Mindfulness Suite (also known as The Blue Room) creates a calming environment for incarcerated women to regroup at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW).

The suite – a repurposed and redecorated cell in the Strategic Treatment and Reintegration (STAR) mental health unit – opened in June 2016 to give women a space to call their own. Individuals can schedule hour-long appointments for quiet time in the room, which contains a couch, pillows, plants, sound-proof paneled walls, an olfactory machine with pleasant fragrances and a projector to play calming video and audio from a variety of outdoor scenes such as...Read more

The Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) hosted the spring high school graduation ceremony on March 20. NCYF Community High School had 10 high school graduates and two state of Nebraska high school graduates that were recognized. There were five individuals present to receive their diploma. The NCYF Community high school opened in January 2008, and has since had 335 high school graduates and 54 GED graduates. Regardless of age, students throughout the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are able to participate in the high school program if it is deemed appropriate for them. Teachers at all NDCS sites...Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Unit Case Manager Todd Langan begins his day by checking e-mail and setting up times to meet with incarcerated individuals at the Community Correctional Center-Omaha (CCC-O). Langan has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 1990. His main job duties include supervising incarcerated individuals and NDCS team members, assisting with reentry and making sure everything at CCC-O runs smoothly. “I enjoy working at CCC-O because every day can present a different challenge," Langan says. “The relationships that we build with various employers and outside agencies is very beneficial for...Read more

Team members from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) Central Office recently participated in a blood drive, donating 20 units of blood. There were 21 donors present, three of which were brand new donors. Thank you all for your generosity!Read more

The Community Justice Center (CJC) completed its 58th Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) on March 21. Ninety percent of participants said they gained insight into the effects their actions had on their victims and communities. “It taught me to think about how my crime affected others and how I traumatized my victims" one participant said.Read more

The Community Justice Center (CJC) completed its 67th Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) on March 20. Seventy-five percent of participants said they gained insight into the effects their actions had on their victims and communities. “I learned how victims are impacted by my criminal lifestyle and behaviors," one participant said.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

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Food Service Specialist Tanja Bredwell organizes trays in preparation for dinner at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW). Bredwell has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2008. Her main job duties include supervising kitchen workers in prepping, cooking and serving meals. “I’ve done food service all my life and I like working with the women,” Bredwell said. “If I can make a difference in one person’s life, I feel gratified.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

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