Work Ethic Camp

Work Ethic Camp

Facility Container

General Information
Warden
Pam Morello
Public Information Officer
Amy Willard amy.willard@nebraska.gov
Phone
308.345.8405
Address
2309 N. Hwy 83
McCook, NE 69001

About the Facility

The Work Ethic Camp (WEC) is a 200-bed facility for males classified to 'Minimum B' custody. It provides an individualized program in a time frame appropriate for the individual's needs and sentence structure. Individuals may parole from WEC, progress to a community custody facility or complete their sentence.

General

The Mission of the Work Ethic Camp is to provide an integrated program that combines evidence-based practices with treatment and educational opportunities.  The overall goal is to reduce the risk of recidivism through behavioral change and assisting incarcerated individuals with successful community reintegration, thereby, keeping people safe.

With intermittent supervision, minimum custody individuals may be eligible to work as road crews in the community.

Directions to the Facility

WEC is located 2 miles north of Highway 6/34 and N. Highway 83 junctions.

Visiting Hours

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

Schedule a Visit at WEC

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.


WEC Visiting Schedule

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To view a PDF version of this schedule, click here: WEC Visiting Schedule

Incarcerated persons at the Work Ethic Camp are limited to two sessions per day and one day per week.

Visitors may sign up for either one session or both the A.M. and the P.M. sessions on Saturday or Sunday.
In order to sign up for both sessions on the same day, please complete two separate forms, one for each session.


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.

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 Typesort descending
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
Beyond Anger and Violence/From the Inside Out

Beyond Anger and Violence/From the Inside Out is a program in which participants address anger, reconciliation; emotions management for strengthening and maintaining relationships. This program provides guidelines for daily living.


Needs Addressed:  Aggression, attitudes/behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Destination Dads-Within My Reach

Critical and concrete tools are provided which help participants improve interactions with those who matter in their lives.  Subjects are knowing yourself first, smart love and making your own decisions.


Need addressed:  Family

Non-Clinical Programs
Community Justice Center Victims Impact/Empathy

This program increases a participant's understanding of the harm/damages they caused their victims, communities and themselves. The program also provides an important life skill module that teaches how to become emotionally proficient, which translates into better decision making and reduced conflicts.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior, Life skills.

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
7 Habits on the Inside

Developed by FranklinCovey in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Corrections, 7 Habits on the Inside uses the principles of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, tailored for the incarcerated individual. The program seeks to empower individuals to manage their own lives in such a way as to be successful in prison and in the community. (10 sessions) 


Needs Addressed: Attitudes/Behavior; Family; Employment; Life Skills

Non-Clinical Programs
Destination Dads-Inside Out Dads

Incarcerated fathers get tools they need to become more involved, responsible, and committed in the lives of their children.


 

Need addressed:  Family

Non-Clinical Programs
College Courses

College courses are offered through various universities/colleges and correspondence courses. Currently, college classes are provided by grant funded providers and/or at the individual's own expense.


Needs Addressed:  Education; employment; life skills; pro-social.

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
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
Incentive Program

A program designed to help inmates develop skills in sanitation, personal hygiene, citizenship, work, education, and behavior.  An inmate who meets the established criteria may earn rewards for levels of achievement.


Needs addressed:  Life skills; attitudes; behavior.

Pro-Social Activities
Inmate Council

Provides the opportunity for inmate representatives to have input into things which improve facility quality of life.


Needs addressed: Pro-social activity and outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
WEC Sowers

This program is designed to teach about how to plant, care for and grow plants.  Additionally participants learn how to increase the population of monarch butterflies through planting.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
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
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
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
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
Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
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.

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

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.

Clinical Treatment Programs

See clinical programs list for more details.

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
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
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
ABC Core Curriculum

This program includes basic construction safety; introduction to construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, rigging; communication skills; and material handling.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Midplains Community College Classes Intro to Business Credit Course

Higher level education.


Needs addressed:  Education; life skills; outside interest.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Resume Workshop

Assists participants prepare for interviews; create resumes; do employment searches.


Needs addressed:  Employment; vocationa;; life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Midplains Commercial Driver's License Preparatory Training

Commercial Driver's License Training.


Need addressed:  Employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Midplains CPR and First Aid Training

CPR and First Aid training.


Need addressed:  Life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Construction Virtual Electric

Provides general electrical wiring training as well as instruction on how to do proper household and commercial wiring.

Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Midplains Community College Focus Four Hazards Training

Trains participants to respond to falls, caught in between, struck by and electrocutions--OSHA hazards focus.


Need addressed:  Employment and life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Construction: OSHA Construction

This program provides an overview of safety applications on a construction site as well as training on governmental regulations.


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Midplains Community College Forklift Operator Safety Training

Forklift operating and use training.


Need addressed:  Employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Applied Construction Math

This program provides learning in the area of construction math such as division, decimals/percentages, reading measurements, calculating area, linear measures, angles, volume, solving for the unknown.


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Nebraska Dept. of Transportation Flagger Course

The course provides necessary instruction and testing for certification as an NDOT Road Construction Flagger.  This certification is good for two years.


Need addressed:  Employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC OSHA General Industries

This course provides entry-level information about employee rights; employer responsibilities; how to file a complaint; how to identify and prevent job related hazards. 


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
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
Additional Information

Individuals receive a program tailored to their needs, consisting of one or more of the following:

  • MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy)
  • Seven Habits on the Inside
  • Parenting
    • Destination Dads
    • Inside Out Dads
    • Within My Reach
    • Common Sense Parenting
    • Beyond Anger and From the Inside Out
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Substance Abuse Treatment - Intensive Outpatient
  • GED
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Pre-employment Workshops - Budgeting Class, Flagger Course
  • Prairie Gold Homes Construction Training
  • Intro to Business
  • ABC Construction - OSHA (Construction and General Industry; NCCER Core Curriculum and Construction Math)
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Recreation
  • Work Assignments

Special programs also available to those offenders/inmates who have earned such privileges include the Rewards and Trust programs.  These programs must be earned through positive behavior and program progress and participation.

News

Congratulations to former NDCS Director Harold W. Clarke. This past week he was a co-recipient of the 2019 Clements Award.

The Clements award was created in 2015 to honor the memory of Tom Clements, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, who was killed in the line of duty in March 2013.

Harold Clarke is currently director of the Virginia DOC. He worked at NDCS from 1974 to 2005 and served as director from 1990 to 2005.

Director Clarke received his award during the recent CLA All Directors Symposium in California.Read more

The NDCS Staff Training Academy 'mustache' you a question. Have you had your annual check up yet? This group put down their razors to help raise awareness about some of the biggest health concerns out there for men. Nice stache!  Prostate Cancer  Testicular Cancer  Suicide Prevention  Mental Health

#menshealth #prostatecancer #suicideprevention #testicularcancer #mentalhealth #keepcalmandmustacheon #idlovetostayandchatbutireallymustache #stachetasticRead more

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services teammates talk about why people should consider a job in corrections.

Watch the video HERE on Facebook .

Watch the video HERE on YouTube. Read more

Lt. Jeremy Moore, CCC-L

NDCS thanks our military veterans and the men and women currently serving our country for your service and sacrifice. We are honored to employ veterans in Nebraska corrections and thank you for your dedication to our mission: keep people safe. There is currently a $10,000 hiring bonus being offered to anyone interested in being a part of this amazing team.

On guitar is Lieutenant Jeremy Moore who works at Community Corrections Center-Lincoln.

#veteransday #happyveteransday #honor #sacrifice #freedom #America #Nebraska #keeppeoplesafe #hiringbonus #letfreedomring #guitar #nationalanthem

To WATCH this video...Read more

Find out what it's like to be a unit caseworker here in Nebraska from a teammate who got her start as one at the Nebraska State Penitentiary!

#opportunity #cognitiveskills #careerdevelopment #paidtraining #hiring

WATCH the video on the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

Reentry resources have powerful impact on those releasing from NDCS

November 6, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) Two reentry resources created by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are proving to have a powerful impact on men and women who are getting ready to return to society.

“It has been a year since the Reentry Workbook was published. The accompanying Reentry Guide was released a few months later. Both...Read more

Running with a torch full of fire can be a nerve-racking experience for many. But for one of Nebraska’s Work Ethic Camp teammates, it was an exhilarating experience she’ll never forget. “The most memorable moment was being able to hold the torch with Hanna, a Special Olympics athlete, during the Torch Run and getting to know one of Nebraska's athletes, John better,” said Unit Caseworker Jackie Thelen.

Thelen and Unit Caseworker David Jordan represented the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services at the international Law Enforcement Torch Run and conference held in Denver, Colorado this year. They were two of...Read more

The Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook grew a bumper crop of pumpkins this year! The pumpkins were shared with WEC visitors to take home, as well as other NDCS facilities.Read more

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