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The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) Class 218 graduated from the Staff Training Academy on Friday, March 16. Congratulations!Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Corporal Tina Parks and Corporal Jeremy Arent review key logs and teletype print outs in the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center’s (DEC) central control. Parks has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) for 24 years and Arent has been with NDCS for four years. Their main job duties include keeping logs of the entire facility, ensuring counts are correct and processing new incarcerated individuals. “I like being assigned to Central Control because I like being part of a team,” Arent said. “Working Central gives me a chance to work with everyone on the shift.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

Approximately 60 Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) team members graduated from a four-day Case Management Academy course on March 15. The course taught case workers, case managers, unit managers and unit administrators about principles of effective intervention, motivational interviewing, case planning and core correctional practices. “I think the greatest thing is that this training is about reducing recidivism, lowering misconduct reports and improving the culture of corrections,” Program Manager Anne Hansen said. “I think everyone was very enthusiastic about it.” Michael Rothwell, Deputy Director for...Read more

The Community Justice Center (CJC) completed its 83rd Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) on March 14. Sixty-five percent of class participants rated the class as excellent. “It helped me to understand who I hurt and how I hurt them," one participant said.Read more

See KMTV 3 News Now's story about a grant that recognized Compassion In Action Inc.'s property as a historical site: https://www.3newsnow.com/news/local-news/compassion-in-action-becomes-historic-site-in-north-omaha. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) appreciates Compassion in Action's continued partnership in supporting incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.Read more

The Community Justice Center (CJC) completed its 15th Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) on March 13. Ninety-five percent of class participants said they gained insight into the effects their actions had on their victims and communities. “It helped me to understand the full impact of my crime and how to write a meaningful apology, as well as what restoration is,” one graduate said.Read more

The Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) held a blood drive on March 14. Thirty-three team members stepped up to donate blood to the Nebraska Community Blood Bank. Their donations totaled to approximately four gallons of blood. Thank you all for your generous donations!Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Facility Maintenance Specialist Cal Bittinger plowed snow off a walkway at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) in late January. Bittinger has spent 23 years with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). His main job duties range anywhere from working on plumbing, to fixing electrical to maintaining the landscape. “I like to see I’m making progress,” Bittinger said. “I know when something gets done, it’s done right.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

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