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Students from Creighton University’s philosophy department have been visiting incarcerated youth at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) to discuss moral philosophy. During their sessions, students individually met with NCYF youth and discussed questions including: What is forgiveness? What acts can be forgiven? What is trust? If you could teach everyone in the world one idea, what idea would have the biggest positive impact on humanity? Is it more important to help yourself, help your family, help your society or help the world? And what should be the goal of humanity? This is the second year that NCYF has worked...Read more

Inner Circle core members at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) hosted Don Nevins from the Lincoln Parole Office, Jeffrey Beran from the Omaha Parole Office, and Rafael Hernandez with the Reentry Team to present to a group of approximately 25 incarcerated men on Feb. 21. The speakers presented on the parole process and opportunities available to people transitioning through community corrections and work release. John Flowers, event host and Inner Circle member, stated the purpose of the panel was “to bridge the gap in information. We want people to know the opportunities that are available to them and work to get rid of the...Read more

The second Alpha class at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) graduated on Feb. 13. Alpha is a 12-week self-help course based on Biblical concepts. Each class consists of three volunteers, approximately four core members (graduates of the program) and about twenty participants. The program utilizes a meal to show the equality of each individual, various videos on the subject of each lesson, a lecture by a volunteer and then small group discussion. Midway through the course, there is Day of Reflection. The class ends with a graduation and meet and greet for the new class. Congratulations, Alpha grads!Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sergeant Steve Lepper welcomes Work Ethic Camp (WEC) team members to the first day of in-service class. Lepper has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2001. His main job duties include training all WEC staff. He provides WEC with pre-service and in-service training along with providing area jail employees jail training. #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

Eric Johnson, Vice President of the Center for Enterprise at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb., and speaker with the Mid-America Speaker’s Bureau, presented a heartwarming message to incarcerated individuals at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) on Feb. 23. Johnson’s message focused on priorities. He told the women listening that priorities are for your life what GPS is in a car: they chart the course to get us where we’re going. Priorities dictate how we spend our free time, the material we learn, the books we read and even the music we listen to. Where we focus our attention has a big influence on how...Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Food Service Manager Mike Coffiel serves lunch at the Community Corrections Center-Omaha. Coffiel has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NCDS) since 2008. His main job duties include serving approximately 510 meals through the on-site kitchen and 60 sack lunches for individuals on work release each day. Coffiel supervises two food service specialists and over 20 incarcerated individuals. “I enjoy doing what I do,” Coffiel said. “I also enjoy teaching the population aspects of food service to help them with possible employment once they get to work release.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Religious and Volunteer Coordinator J Epp fields a radio call at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW). Epp was has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2015. His main job duties include coordinating religious activities and orientating volunteers. “I always tell my volunteers that 92% of these women are going to be reentering society, so why not help them be assets?” Epp said. “Besides all of that, it’s just the right thing to do.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) team members held an Employee Positive Impact Council (EPIC) meeting on Feb. 27. In the meeting, Training Specialist Garrett Cook discussed the morale of new staff going through the Staff Training Academy (STA), new things going on at STA and how NCYF can help with the transition from STA to NCYF. Staff also discussed the newly implemented SMART Goals, ideas for Corrections Appreciation Month and NCYF strategies on retention and engagement.Read more