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The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) was established by the Nebraska State Legislature in 1976 as part of Legislative Bill 984. Construction was completed in June of 1979 and the new institution was opened in August of 1979 as a 176-bed, maximum custody, reception, diagnostic, evaluation, assessment, classification and assignment facility.
As provided by State Statute, all adult males sentenced to the Department of Correctional Services by the County and District courts of the State of Nebraska are received into the correctional system at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center. In addition, the institution houses ninety-day evaluators sentenced by the court for assessment, county safe keepers, interstate transfers and returned parolees and escapees.
The single structure, two-story institution consists of nine inmate housing units and a Skilled Nursing Facility, which includes nine licensed hospital beds and a fully staffed initial admission clinic. Administrative offices and the Skilled Nursing Facility are located on the upper level of the institution. All other inmate housing, as well as programming areas, including a gymnasium and custody and case management offices, are located on the lower level.
DEC has been accredited by the American Correctional Association since 1981.
Due to the short length of stay at the institution, there are no industry programs and limited education programs. Each newly admitted inmate, following review of the admission order to ensure legal commitment, begins participation in an intensive medical, psychological, and social assessment process. This process culminates in the finalization of an individual classification study and specific programming recommendations to the Classification Officer relative to custody status and institutional placement. Varied program services are offered and encouraged through recreation and library programs. The maintenance of family and community ties is encouraged through the visitation, mail and telephone programs. Religious programming is also available to the inmate population. Several other opportunities including Alcoholics Anonymous and a Pre-Release program are available for inmate participation.
Security Levels. Maximum
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has a liberal policy for visitation. Generally any family member or friend may visit as long as they do not have a recent criminal conviction, do not have criminal charges pending, are not on the visiting list of another inmate, are not a former employee, or pose any threat to the safety or security of the facility. Each visitation request is individually reviewed. Individuals wishing to visit an inmate at DEC must first obtain a "Visitor Request Form" (VRF) from the inmate they are requesting to visit. All persons wishing to visit must have their own VRF completed and approved. Minors up to age 19 must also have notarized, written permission from their parent or guardian to visit and must be accompanied by an approved adult. The completed VRF must be returned to DEC at the address shown on the form. Do NOT send the form to the inmate. It takes 2 - 3 weeks for the document to be processed. If the visitor applicant fails to answer all questions or provides false information on the form, this will likely result in the denial of visitation privileges. The inmate will notify you if your visitation form is approved or denied to visit.
|DEC Visit Times and Days|
* Visiting days are established based on the last digit of the inmate's assigned institutional number.
May inmates make or receive telephone calls?
Inmates may not receive “incoming” telephone calls. All calls made by inmates must be “outgoing.” The facility has a computerized “Inmate Calling System” that allows each inmate to select up to 20 telephone numbers that are approved for his telephone list, including cellular phone numbers. He may make collect or debit calls to these approved numbers. Inmates are allowed up to 15 minutes of telephone time per day. All personal calls are monitored and recorded for security reasons. There are restrictions on the type of numbers that may be called. Three way and conferencing calls are not permitted. Inmates may not call staff, volunteers or other correctional facilities.
Legal calls to courts and attorneys are not monitored or recorded. If friends or family members are having trouble receiving calls from the facility they may contact GTL at 1-866-230-7761, www.connectnetwork.com or their local telephone company.
May money be sent to inmates?
Inmates may receive checks or money orders from family and friends as long as the person sending the money is not a parolee, NDCS volunteer, a family member of another inmate or on another inmate’s visiting list. All personal checks received are frozen for 21 calendar days before the inmate has access to the funds. Money orders are available to the inmate generally within three working days from the date it is received at the facility. Inmates may also receive funds electronically through Access Corrections. Family members and friends who meet the same requirements for checks and money orders may visit https://www.accesscorrections.com.
A personal check or money order should be made payable to the inmate using his full committed name and inmate institutional number. All checks and money orders must contain the sender’s full name (no abbreviations) and complete address (street, city, state, and zip code). The name and address of the sender on the money order/check must match the name and address on the envelope. Signatures on money orders/checks must be legible. Checks or money orders that do not meet the above requirements will be placed on the inmate’s confiscated account. Cash is not allowed and all funds must be sent to an inmate by mail.
May inmates receive mail?
Inmates may receive in the US Mail cards, letters, pictures (no Polaroids, nonviolent, no nudity, no criminal/gang activity depictions), money orders and checks. Personal property, cash, blank stationary, envelopes, stamps and jewelry are items that are not allowed through the mail. Inmates may receive books if they are sent directly to the inmate from a publisher or bookstore with a paid receipt. They may also receive religious books and publications from churches or religious entities.
Inmate mail, including checks and money orders, should include the inmate’s first and last name and institutional number on the envelope and mailed to P.O. Box 22800, Lincoln, NE 68542.
The following items are considered contraband and are NOT permitted: tape or stickers included in the mail or affixed to the letter or envelope, perfume sprayed on the letter or envelope, lipstick on any part of the mail, laminated items, musical or audible greeting cards.
PAROLE ABSCONDERS AND ESCAPEES
9-Bed Long Term Care Facility
24 Hour Availability
Clinic Hours: Mon.- Fri. 0700-1430 hours
The Diagnostic and Evaluation Center is located at 3220 West Van Dorn Street. From Interstate 80 take exit 397 (Highway 77 south) to West Van Dorn exit. Travel west on West Van Dorn approximately 2 miles to the facility.
Matt Hill, Public Information Officer
3220 West Van Dorn Street
Lincoln, NE 68522-9284
Phone: (402) 479-6343
PO Box 22800
Lincoln, NE 68542-2800
Switchboard: (402) 471-3330
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time