Community Corrections Center - Omaha

Community Corrections Center - Omaha

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General Information
Warden
Ryan Mahr
Public Information Officer
Todd Langan todd.langan@nebraska.gov
Phone
402.595.2010
Fax
402.595.3701
Address
2320 Avenue J
Omaha, NE 68110

About the Facility

The Community Corrections Center-Omaha is a community-based facility that houses male inmates that are classified as Community A and Community B custody inmates. The facility has 87 beds designated for male inmates assigned to the work detail program and 92 beds available for male inmates participating in the work release program.


General Information

Community custody is the lowest custody level and the least restrictive environment. Individuals assigned here participate in "work detail" or "work release." 

The first several weeks after arrival are spent on work detail - a job in the community supervised by corrections staff or community staff with specific corrections training. Work detail assignments are generally for NDCS or other state agencies and can include cleaning and road crews, maintenance or administrative office work.

Following a time on work detail, individuals are provided an opportunity to go into the community to look for jobs. Once a job is secured and community corrections staff have been in contact with the employer, individuals can be assigned to work release. Individuals on work release are employed in the community, receive competitive wages and pay applicable taxes. Also available is educational release, where individuals attend local vocational/technical/business/community colleges and universities. Individuals are responsible for their own transportation to and from work and are expected to adhere to a pre-approved schedule are responsible for his/her own clothing and personal items and pay room and board of $12 per day.


Directions to the Facility

Interstate 480, to the North Freeway (Highway 75 North) and exit at Cuming Street . Head east on Cuming Street as it becomes Abbott Drive going north. Turn right on Locust Street (going east) to 23rd Street. Turn right on 23rd Street (going south) and go one block to Avenue "J" and turn left (going east). CCC-O will be a block ahead on your left. 

Visiting Hours

EFFECTIVE 8/8/2020, VISITING IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Schedule a Visit at CCC-O

COVID-19 VISITATION

Visitation during the COVID-19 response is limited due to the need to maintain a 6 foot separation/social distance. Facilities have identified the capacity for their visiting rooms and have adjusted their schedules accordingly. To select a time and date for visitation, please click the button above to complete the online form.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN – Be sure to review the following guidelines:

  • All visitors must be on the inmate’s approved visitor list
  • Visitors with serious underlying medical conditions are not encouraged to visit
  • Individuals who are on quarantine/medical isolation status are not permitted to visit
  • During the facility screening you must be able to answer “no” to the following questions:
    • Do you have a cough, shortness of breath or fever?
    • Have you had contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days?
    • Have you traveled internationally in the previous 14 days?
  • Visitors must bring a mask to wear
  • Up to two adults are allowed at each visit, per inmate
  • Children (under age 18) are not permitted
  • If two adults plan to attend the same visiting session, each person should complete an online form, and include the name of the second person
  • All visitation requests must be submitted at least seven days prior to the selected date
  • Visits are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. You will be notified by email at least three days in advance of your approved visit
  • Be sure to include alternative dates and times for your visit. If your first preference is already filled, staff will try to grant your second or third request
  • If you need to cancel a visit for any reason, notify the facility as soon as possible

*** NOTE: You will need to arrive prior to your scheduled visitation time in order to be screened and searched. Each facility has established a different arrival time, based on its schedules. Be sure you know when you need to be at the facility you are visiting. Late arrivals will not be processed.


Rules inside the Facility

  • Must wear mask at all times
  • Must maintain 6 foot social distance at all times
  • No touching
  • No water fountains or vending (food or drink) will be available
  • No cash permitted
  • No games/books/cards
  • No photos

These rules are in place to keep our population and the public safe and healthy. The facility reserves the right to terminate any visit in which the rules are not followed.  

Questions pertaining to any of the information above can be directed to the facility. Contact information is available on this page.


CCC-O Visiting Schedule

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Incarcerated persons at CCC-O are limited to one visit per week.

Visits may be scheduled in advance, as long as they do not exceed the quota mentioned above.


Facility Visitation Procedures

The link below will take you to visiting procedures that apply to this facility. Note that some information is not current, based on new visitation guidelines implemented due to COVID-19; however, procedures pertaining to identification documents, approved dress code, authorized items, the visitation approval process and other guidelines pertinent to each facility are still applicable and should be followed.

CCC-O Visiting Procedures

Programs

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Programs & Services

Below is a brief record of every available program and service provided by this correctional facility. If it there is any additional facility-specific information pertaining to these programs and services, it will be found under the "Additional Information" tab.

**Please keep in mind that if there is no additional information provided by the facility, the "Additional Information" tab will not be displayed.
Program Description Type
Continuing Care-Sex Offender Program

This program helps participants maintain and strengthen the gains they made in other treatment programs. It also helps participants navigate new challenges and helps support the transition back to a community setting. Also offered on parole.


Needs Addressed: Sex Offender conviction

Clinical Treatment
Non-residential Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program (IOP)

A drug/alcohol abuse program available for incarcerated individuals who are not eligible for the residential program due to lower level substance abuse issues.


Needs addressed:  alcohol, drugs.

Clinical Treatment
Non-residential Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment (OP)

Outpatient substance abuse treatment for incarcerated individuals who are not eligible for residential or intensive substance abuse services due to lower level substance abuse issues.


Needs addressed:  drugs and alcohol abuse.

Clinical Treatment
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a workshop that that provides insight on anger and relationships; and new ways to address disagreements.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes, behavior, family, friends, employment

Non-Clinical Programs
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral intervention which leads to enhanced moral reasoning, better decision making and more appropriate behavior. 


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Thinking for a Change

Thinking for a Change is a high-level cognitive behavioral program developed by the National Institute of Corrections. The program uses role playing to concentrate on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes; behavior; family; friends; aggression.

Non-Clinical Programs
Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education assists adult incarcerated students work toward high school equivalency, or refresh skills regardless of diploma status.


Need Addressed:  Education

Education Programs
ESL/ELL

English as a second language (ESL) is designed to aid those students not fluent in English learn to speak, read, hear and write the language so they can better function in society.


Needs addressed:  Education; life skills

Education Programs
High School

NDCS operates its own school district with a high school. Students of all ages may attend high school classes. Individuals under 22 who have not graduated from high school are required to be in school. Students over 22 need to go through an application process.


 Need addressed:  Education.

Education Programs
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is an organization which encourages members to read, and listen at meetings using the program as an opportunity to face the truth and become accountable for their addiction to alcohol.


Need Addressed:  Support for addiction and prosocial activity

Pro-Social Activities
Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous encourages its members to attend meetings, read and listen to speakers to face the truth and be accountable for their addictions.


Need addressed:  Drug addiction support; pro-social/outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
Religious Classses and activities

Variety of classes, workshops and religious services designed to help inmates with support and spiritual development.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social, support.

Pro-Social Activities
Restorative Circle

A support group for incarcerated individuals working on restorative justice.


Needs addressed:  Support; pro-social/outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
Sports/Recreation Activities

A variety of activities that encourage health pastimes are offered at all facilities. Please check with recreational specialists for more information.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest; health.

Pro-Social Activities
Assistance for Social Security Application

Social workers provide assistance in obtaining and completing Social Security applications to individuals who qualify and are 90 days from discharge, post-release supervision or parole.


Need addressed:  Re-entry for those who may qualify for Social Security benefits due to age or disability.

Reentry Services
Discharge Planning

Reentry specialists work with individuals to ensure a reentry plan is completed. The plan allows for a smooth transition to the community and focuses on housing, transportation, employment, education, and medical/mental health services as needed.


Need addressed:  Re-entry

Reentry Services
Reentry planning

Clients develop comprehensive reentry plans that include housing/transitional living, employment/education, transportation, ID credentials, medical/mental and behavioral health treatment.


Need addressed:  Reentry.

Reentry Services
Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
Clinical Treatment Programs

See clinical programs list for more details.

Crisis Intervention

Provided on an as-needed basis, clinicians are available to assist individuals in a mental health crisis.


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

Licensed, clinical therapists provide one-on-one or group therapy sessions as needed.


Need addressed:  mental health

Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

Risk Assessments and Psychological Evaluations provide diagnosis clarification, intelligence testing and Dementia screening.


Need addressed:  Mental Health; education.

Skilled Nursing Facility

On-call Skilled Nursing Facilities manage crises dealing with medical emergencies, behavioral issues and suicide watches.


Needs addressed:  Health and mental health.

Transition Services

Transition Services are available to those transitioning to or from general population or protective management. Mental Health professionals may assists with these services.


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Community Coordination

Social workers coordinate with a variety of community providers and agencies for mental health services, substance abuse treatment and medical services. Providers include the Veteran's Administration, DHHS, treatment agencies, private practice and non-profit organizations.


Needs Addressed:  Housing, medical, mental health, basic needs, re-entry. 

Social Work Services
Living Needs

Social workers assist individuals with high medical/mental health needs to find clothing resources, apply for benefits or general assistance and other life needs.


Needs addressed:  Social work services.

Social Work Services
Medical Services Coordination

Social workers assist individuals with high medical needs to set appointments for medication management, healthcare and provide resources to obtain medical insurance upon release:


Needs addressed:  Health, mental health, life skills, re-entry.

Social Work Services
Specialized Housing Services

Social workers provide assistance to individuals with high medical/mental health needs to obtain transitional living, assisted living or skilled nursing care, as needed.


Needs addressed:  Re-entry

Social Work Services
Specialized Population Served

Specialized Population Served offers services for inmates with mental illness or serious chronic medical conditions that are high risk and multi-needs.


Needs addressed:  Health; mental health

Social Work Services
Health Course

This program, delivered by a wellness expert, provides workshops on preventative health education and nutrition, such as Men's Birth Control; Date Abuse; Bullying; Gender Boxes; and Hygiene.


Need addressed:  Health.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Metro Community College (MCC)

MCC provides a variety of courses to assist with employment readiness, life skills, reentry, computer knowledge/skills,  mechanics, quality control and supervision in the workplace.

Needs addressed:  Employment, lifeskills, reentry preparation

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Metro community College Forklift Certification

Training in operating and using a forklift.  Need addressed:  Employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Reconnect: Success Prep

Helps participants examine behaviors and attitudes that may have contributed to their incarceration and focus on skills critical to reentry.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior, life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Right Start

Prepares participants for interviews and employment.

Addressed Need:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Additional Information

 

Community Corrections Center-Omaha CIP Program

The Community Corrections Center-Omaha manages the Community Incentive Program. The CIP offers incentives and privileges such as furloughs and family activity passes to those inmates who are making positive progress towards addressing their identified needs and deficits.

Mail/Phone: Mail is delivered to the inmate population six (6) days per week. Cumulative phone calls placed by inmates on the Inmate Calling System cannot exceed 20 minutes per day. A pay phone is located in the lobby of the facility that may be used by inmates to contact employers or sponsors. Additionally, inmates may use the Inmate Calling System to make legal phone calls to their listed attorneys.

Laundry: Laundry facilities are available to all inmates here at CCC-O. Inmates are permitted to launder their state issue and personal clothing any time during the day during non-curfew hours, or they may send their laundry out to the laundry facility at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.

Health Care: The CCC-O and the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) share health care services. Emergency services are available to CCC-O inmates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Creighton Medical Center is located within a five (5) minute drive of the facility. Health care services staff makes regular visits to the institution to conduct pill call as well as answer those medical questions Monday through Sunday each week. Requests to see someone from health care services can be made by completing an interview request form and sending it to health care services at OCC. Routine sick call services will be scheduled as determined by health services staff.

Mental Health Services: The CCC-O and the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) share the services of the OCC Mental Health Department. Some of the services include crisis intervention, psychotropic assessment and psychological evaluations. Mental health counseling is also available to CCC-O inmates in the local community.

Library: The Community Corrections Center-Omaha maintains an assortment of books in its dayroom area for recreational reading. Legal library services are available at the Klutznick Law Library on the Creighton University campus.

In-Service Training: The CCC-O and the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) share the services of the OCC Training Department. Training is provided for staff in firearms, first aid, CPR, emergency plans, administrative enhancements, and other relevant subjects meeting all ACA requirements. The objective of the required training is to ensure that staff members remain proficient in the areas necessary for an effective and efficient operation. Staff members receive a minimum of 40 hours service training annually. The Community Corrections Center-Omaha encourages its staff members to continue their education and attend seminars, conferences and training that enhances their personal development.

Food Service: The Food Service Department’s staff consists of a Food Service Director, Food Service Manager and Food Service Specialists. A registered dietician regularly reviews and assists in the preparation of the Department of Corrections Services master menu. The master menu follows a five-week cycle designed to meet all nutritional, medical, and religious needs or requirements of the inmate population.

Maintenance: There is two (2) full time maintenance staff assigned to CCC-O who are dedicated to the maintenance of the facility and grounds. A small number of inmates are assigned to a work detail position that performs general maintenance such as unplugging drains, drywall repair, painting, light replacement and maintaining the facility grounds. Work orders are submitted to the maintenance supervisor when repairs require experience or expertise beyond the ability of our work detail inmates.

Canteen System: The Community Corrections Center-Omaha does not operate an inmate canteen. Inmates assigned to the facility utilize a local convenience store, which is a short distance from the facility and local stores and vendors in the community to purchase hygiene products, instant beverages and snack items. Inmates may also purchase snacks and drinks from the vending machines that are located in the commons, lobby and dayroom areas of the facility.

Religious Services: The Community Corrections Center-Omaha and the OCC share the services of the OCC Religious Coordinator. Inmates assigned to the facility may utilize passes up to twenty (20) hours per month to attend worship services of their faith in the local community.

Education: The Community Corrections Center-Omaha and the OCC share the services of a department GED instructor. An instructor is available within the institution to tutor inmates and assists them in preparing to obtain their GED. In addition to ABE/GED assistance, the Community Corrections Center-Omaha manages educational release and part-time educational release programs. Inmates participating in either form of educational release attend courses at local universities, community colleges, and vocational or technical schools.

Volunteer / Sponsor Program: The Department encourages citizen involvement and volunteer programs in all of its correctional institutions and program areas. A citizen involvement and volunteer program can provide helpful services in a wide variety of offender programs. The volunteer / sponsor services program was developed to provide community custody inmates with the opportunity to experience personal growth and make positive progress toward their release through contact and association with individuals and organizations in the community. Volunteer / sponsors can assist offenders by providing a means of expanding activities and services for them. The program utilizes non-paid personnel to support inmate activities in the community by providing transportation for those inmates into the community for the purpose of sponsoring them on:

  • Personal needs passes
  • Religious passes
  • Programming passes
  • Job seeking passes and
  • Daytime furloughs

No employee of the department may serve as a sponsor for inmates within the agency without the approval of the director. Rules for the protection of staff, volunteers and the inmate population and the orderly operation of the institutions that have been established will be followed. For additional information view the Community Corrections Center-Omaha sponsor services procedures.

 


 

Community Corrections Center-Omaha Sponsor Services Procedures

Debit Card / Money: All inmates assigned to the CCC-O will be issued a prepaid debit card within a few days of their arrival to the facility. The card will be issued in the inmate’s committed name and inmate identification number. The inmate debit card will be the primary means for inmates to access approved funds for spending purposes. Inmate funds will be transferred once per week from the inmates’ institutional account to the debit card account. The prepaid debit card works similar to a credit card but allows the owner of the card to only spend funds up to the amount available on their card account. The balance will decrease as funds are spent or withdrawn from an automated teller machine (ATM). This card does not have a credit line available. The prepaid debit card has been restricted to certain merchant codes and vendors.

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-67)

CONTACTS: Adam Eakin/DMV Project & Information Manager, adam.eakin@nebraska.gov

Laura Strimple/NDCS Chief of Staff, laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

Erika Hill/NDCS Communications Director, erika.hill@nebraska.gov

Video can be found here .

Agency partnerships provide IDs to those preparing for release

October 29, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) A partnership between the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) and the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has reached a new level in assisting those who...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-65)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

Inmate missing from community correctional facility

October 22, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center-Omaha (CCC-O). Charles Castillo-Hernandez #84715 took off running from the facility around 6:30 p.m. on October 21, 2019. Staff continued to pursue him until he jumped a fence near the perimeter of CCCO. Omaha police responded immediately to the facility and searched the...Read more

For more than four decades, Warden Charlie West has been an instrumental part of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Today, he retires.

West started his career out as a correctional officer in 1977. That’s the same year of the New York City blackout and the year Elvis Presley died. The average cost of a new house was $49,300 and a gallon of Gas was 65 cents. It was a different time then, but one full of endless possibilities for West.

“Looking back on my 42 years here at NDCS, it’s been good,” said West. “I’ve seen a lot of good changes, especially with programming for the incarcerated...Read more

The Employee Activity Committees (EAC) have been busy this month recognizing employees and all their hard work. The Lincoln Correctional Center and Diagnostic & Evaluation Center EAC braved a scorching hot day in the sun to serve up some delicious open-flamed burgers and brats, homemade bbq beans and coleslaw compliments of Lt. Schrotberger. Central Office EAC celebrated with a frozen treat day and approved jeans day. The Community Correction Center – Omaha EAC also celebrated with a potluck feast!Read more

The news of the violent murder of a beloved Tennessee Department of Correction administrator swept across the nation like wildfire and struck home to the thousands of correctional officers, unit case workers and teammates who work at prison facilities every day including here in Nebraska.

“It’s heart wrenching,” said Jill Ourada, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) safety coordinator and Honor Guard assistant team leader. “When I first heard what happened, I was mad. I might not know them in Tennessee, but I felt violated that someone murdered one of our own.”

NDCS sent Ourada and Lincoln...Read more

As the first day of school approaches, parents and kids alike are gearing up for a new year with all the excitement of new teachers, new classmates, and new school supplies. This year, teammates at the Community Correctional Center – Omaha (CCC-O) pitched in to help out Omaha youth start the school year off on the right foot through the Completely KIDS School Supply Drive.

“Personally, being able to give back to the community and impact the lives of our youth means a lot to me,” said Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Unit Case Manager Jasmine Cook.

Cook reached out to Completely KIDS about the...Read more

Pictured (Left to Right):  Back Row-UCW Jared Wright, UCM Aaron Bliven, FSD Mike Coffiel, FML John Kowalski, FSS Christopher Sieff, Warden Ryan Mahr.  Front Row (left to right): UCW Maria Harvey, UCM Catherine Jamison, UCW Rhiannon Kelley, UCW Katie Goney, AAI Karen Kojdecki and UCW Patrice Clemons.

Commitment: What does that word mean to you?

Duty: What does that look like and how do you define it?

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For the past 33 years Karen Kojdecki has defined what it means to be part of a team. Kojdecki retired in July of 2019 after 33 years of service to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). She worked all 33 years at the Community Correctional Center of Omaha (CCCO). Kojdecki wore many hats at CCCO and was always ready to help out anywhere she was needed. She will be deeply missed by her teammates at CCCO.

“It would be easy to just say thank...Read more

A true leader at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) Warden Brad Hansen is retiring August 2, 2019. Hansen says like many people, he joined corrections in 1977 as a way to pay off his student loans after college while looking to start his ‘real’ career somewhere else. Turns out, his ‘real’ career was right in front of him the entire time.

“When I started, I hadn’t thought of corrections as a career,” said Hansen. “Before I knew it, 42 years flew by. The people who work at NDCS are a major highlight for me.”

Hansen got his start as a correctional...Read more

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