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Michael L. Kenney, Director

Michael L. Kenney, Director

Appointed: September 25, 2013

Nebraska Dept. of Correctional Services
P.O. Box 94661
Lincoln, NE 68509-4661
(402) 471-2654

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Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility
Ryan Mahr, Warden

 

Nebraska Correctional Youth FacilityNebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) is a maximum, medium and minimum security facility. The NCYF came into existence in 1994 with Legislative Bill 988, which created the Office of Juvenile Services and established the requirement to plan for the construction of a Secure Youth Confinement Facility. Subsequently the facility was transferred to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. The NCYF received its first inmates in August 1998.

 

General Information

NCYF is a maximum, medium and minimum security facility designed for youthful offenders from early adolescence to age 21 years, 10 months. The buildings encompass approximately 54,000 square feet with a construction cost of approximately $10.8 million. The NCYF received its original accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA) in May 2000, and undergoes reaccreditation every three years.

The construction and maintenance section of NCYF insures the physical plant is maintained in good condition and makes any alterations or additions necessary to operate a safe, clean, and efficient facility.

Support services include food service, staff development, recreation, and records management. The food service department provides inmates with three meals daily, which are nutritionally designed to meet the needs of youthful offenders. These meals are prepared under sanitary conditions with the assistance of inmates working in the food service department. All NCYF staff receive the required number of training hours per year as outlined in the ACA Standards. All inmate records are secured in the Records Manager's office and are managed in a confidential manner. Inmates have the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities seven days a week.

Custody and Unit Management are major operational areas within the NCYF with a focus on management, programming and discipline that protects staff, inmates and the public. Rules and regulations are in place, and inmates housed at the facility are expected to follow them. Violations of rules may result in disciplinary hearings. Disciplinary action from such hearings may mean a loss of certain privileges and/or reclassification to a higher custody level. Maintaining safety and security is the responsibility of all staff.

Per diem includes youthful offender wages, clothing, cleaning supplies, food and food supplies, inmate transportation, and other offender related institutional supplies.

Youthful offenders may apply to participate in community custody programs to include work detail, work release or education release. The application is reviewed by the unit classification committee and by the Institution's Warden.

 

Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility Intake Procedures

As provided in State Statute 83-905, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has oversight and control of the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF). NCYF is a physically secure facility designed to provide confinement, education, and treatment for youthful offenders (males, age 18 and under) who have been committed to the NDCS. All male offenders sentenced by the District Courts of the State of Nebraska are received at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) in Lincoln. At DEC their commitment order is verified. They are assigned an inmate number, photographed, and fingerprinted and they also receive an initial medical screening and provide a DNA sample, if required. Any personal property that can’t be taken to NCYF is either mailed out, at the inmate’s expense, or destroyed. All DEC intake procedures apply upon arrival. After completion of the above, youthful offenders are immediately transferred to NCYF. Upon arrival at NCYF the youthful offender completes additional in-processing documents, is assigned a room, receives his clothing and bedding, and any personal property brought with him is inventoried. He is then assigned to orientation for approximately 30 days. While in orientation youthful offenders receive briefings from each department to actuate them to prison life. After orientation they are placed in general population.

 

Programs

In addition to the Special Purpose High School courses, GED, and college classes, NCYF offers programs in the following areas:

  • Vocational Training in Landscaping/Horticulture and Food Service
  • Religion
  • Recreation
  • Life Skills
  • Victim Impact
  • Dog Handling
  • Thinking for a Change
  • 7 Habits on the Inside

Pawsitive Outcomes

Pawsitive Outcomes is a joint effort with the Midwest Dog Rescue organization and Bonafide Dog Training Academy to pair youthful offenders with dogs for a mutually positive learning experience. Dog handlers and alternate handlers are chosen to participate in the 12-week program. Program qualifications for the youthful offenders include having a High School Diploma or GED, successful completion of a formal interview, a letter of reference, and not having been found guilty of a Class I Misconduct Report during the previous six (6) months.

The 12-week program is supervised by a Bonafide Dog Training Academy trainer one day per week and by facility staff who supervise the daily and after-hours interactions. An outside kennel houses the dogs when necessary, with the dogs attending classes and programming with the youthful offenders during the day. Upon completion of the program, the dogs may be adopted by contacting the Midwest Dog Rescue.

Security Levels. Maximum, Medium and Minimum Custody.

 

Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility Visiting Procedures

NCYF Visit Times and Days

 

General Population
Monday and Friday: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Special Management Unit
Monday: 1:00-3:00 pm

Safekeepers/90-Day Evaluators/Orientation/Protective Custody
Friday: 1:00-3:00 pm

NOTE: Inmates are allowed two (2) visiting sessions per week (Friday-Monday). They may only attend one visiting session per day.

 

Visiting Procedures

 

Nebraska Correctional Youth Authority (NCYF) Medical Services

Clinic Hours

0700 to 1500

24 Health Services Coverage

 

Staffing

  • Medical
    • 1 nurse assigned from OCC
    • 1 physician (shares with OCC/CCC-O)
    • 1 full time PA (shares with OCC/CCC-O)
  • Dental
    • 1 Dentist (Shares with OCC & CCC-O)
  • Digital Radiology
    • X-ray services are provided and done at OCC
  • On-Grounds Contractual Services
    • Contract Optometrist (Done at OCC)
    • 1 PT psychiatrist (Shared with OCC)
    • Internal medicine
    • Infectious Disease
    • Physical Therapy services
  • Prosthesis and Orthopedic Devices
    • Audiology services through Beltone PRN
    • Orthopedic services through Orthotics and Prosthetics PRN

 

Services available at the Medical Clinic

  • Minor procedures and outpatient wound care
  • Monthly TB testing
  • 12 lead EKG’s (at OCC)
  • Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs)
  • Chronic Care Clinics and patient teaching
  • Cardiac and Hypertension
  • Diabetic
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonary
  • TB
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • General

 

Laboratory Services

  • 24 hour availability

 

Behavioral Health Services

  • Mental Health Assessment/Referral Screenings
  • Substance Abuse Assessment/Referral Screenings
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Anger/Violence Treatment
  • Non-Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

 

Directions to the Facility

The NCYF is located at 2610 North 20th Street, East, Omaha, NE  68110.  From I-80  take Interstate 480 East to Highway 75 North to the Cuming Street Exit  (Exit 2C).  Turn right (east) onto Cuming Street.  Cuming Street turns into Abbott Drive.  Remain on Abbott Drive heading north for approximately 2 miles.  Stay in the right hand lane.  At the Sleep Inn turn right onto Avenue H heading east.  Turn onto 20th Street (north) for the NCYF entrance.

FEEL FREE TO CALL 595-2000 if you need directions while you are on the way here.

 

Driving Directions

 

   

 

 

For more information contact:


Jim Sweredoski, Public Information Officer
2610 N 20th St East
Omaha, NE 68110

Phone: (402) 595-2000
Fax: (402) 636-8610