In Case You Missed It!

In Case You Missed It!

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Men at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) have been enjoying the better weather while practicing social distancing this spring. Recently, the men worked to cultivate the annual garden with hopes of a bountiful harvest. The food produced in the garden will be used in the WEC kitchen including some special recipes like fried zucchini, cucumber salad and rhubarb crisp. #TellOurStory #VegetableGardenRead more

It's no secret team members at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) refer to each other as being a part of each other's families. For Cornhusker State Industries (CSI) Shop Operator Margie Hoss and her brother Steve Jordan, that’s exactly what they are. “I really enjoy seeing my brother once in a while at work.”

Hoss has worked for NDCS for nearly 15 years. Jordan has been the plumber at Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) for seven. They both have several people they can call their best friends at work. But Hoss noted having family at work to support you is also extra special and makes her smile.

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Staying busy, overcoming challenges and finding variety in her day-to-day routine are three key reasons why Registered Nurse (RN) Ina Thiel loves her work in corrections. She’s dedicated her career to assisting and treating the incarcerated population with nearly 19 years in corrections, eight-and-a-half of them working at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). “Inmates are people who have made bad choices and we as teammates have the opportunity to educate them to become a part of our communities.”

Thiel noted she tries to lead through example by being firm, fair and consistent. She encourages both...Read more

Thinking for a Change (T4C) recently graduated five men at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. The class, led by Michelle Decker, Dylan Eckery and Russell Ogg, 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 and addresses attitudes, behavior, family, friends and aggression.

“I enjoyed learning to think first and react later,” said T4C student Shannon Bigelow.

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As many of the scheduled May Correctional Officers and Teammate celebrations were postponed, the Employee Activity Committee (EAC) at the Nebraska Youth Correctional Facility (NCYF) made sure their fellow teammates knew they were appreciated with an assortment of gift bags. #TeammateAppreciation #ThankYouRead more

Cornhusker State Industries (CSI) employs incarcerated individuals at five NDCS facilities to help prepare them for successful reentry back into the community. Recently, 27 men have been working at the CSI shop at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) making much needed masks. Several men talked about what the project meant to them. #NECOVID19 #TellOurStoryRead more

The word ‘family’ is the first thing that comes to mind when License Practical Nurse (LPN) Brenda Haith thinks about her time at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). “Mental Health Unit Caseworker Gigi Paul, medical records teammates Wendy Karas and also Katie Whiting are all my right-hand women. With mental health, security and unit staff all working together daily to make everything run smoothly, we have to have a very open line of communication between all areas so that we can be a cohesive unit.”

Haith noted her time working at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) has prepared her to...Read more

During the month of May, NDCS celebrated Correctional Officers and Teammates Month. While most activities had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, facilities made smaller gestures to recognize teammates in the meantime. The Employee Activities Committee at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center handed out bags of candy with a note attached to a bottle of water. They also offered free items off the snack cart and handed out ice cream bars and popsicles throughout the month. They still hope to celebrate with a barbeque at a later time. #EmployeeAppreciation #ThankYouRead more