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The Community Justice Center (CJC) completed its 15th Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) on March 13. Ninety-five percent of class participants said they gained insight into the effects their actions had on their victims and communities. “It helped me to understand the full impact of my crime and how to write a meaningful apology, as well as what restoration is,” one graduate said.Read more

The Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) held a blood drive on March 14. Thirty-three team members stepped up to donate blood to the Nebraska Community Blood Bank. Their donations totaled to approximately four gallons of blood. Thank you all for your generous donations!Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Facility Maintenance Specialist Cal Bittinger plowed snow off a walkway at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) in late January. Bittinger has spent 23 years with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). His main job duties range anywhere from working on plumbing, to fixing electrical to maintaining the landscape. “I like to see I’m making progress,” Bittinger said. “I know when something gets done, it’s done right.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

March 13 marked the second “Pass It On” graduation at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). Pass It On was developed by LaVon Stennis-Williams, Executive Director of ReConnect, Inc. in recognition of men serving long or life sentences. This 5-week program provides offenders the knowledge and tools to help grow their capacity to think, do and be better, which in turn empowers other men to do the same. The program helps participants develop greater self-awareness, resiliency, inter-personal skills, problem solving and communication skills, while transforming them into ambassadors for change throughout the entire...Read more

Team members at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) recently repurposed and decorated a new mothers’ room, which officially opened on Feb. 15. The room – located just off the break room – offers a quiet, convenient and private place for nursing mothers to pump and store breast milk during working hours. Unit Manager Ronna Courtney and Facility Maintenance Supervisor Jeremiah Barns were instrumental in getting the project off the ground. “(Breastfeeding) is a choice that parents make and you want to be supported in that decision,” Courtney said. This room has given Courtney a space where she feels taken care of and valued.Read more

The Harambee Afrikan Cultural Organization at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) held its annual Black History Month Symposium on Feb. 22. The meeting consisted of cultural food, speeches, poetry and a keynote address. Several outside volunteers attended and participated along with the organization members. The Harambee Afrikan Cultural Organization is dedicated to violence prevention, keeping youth from gang activity and education on African history and culture.Read more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Property Intake Corporal Todd Pella processes property the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). Pella has been with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since 2007. His main job duties include processing property transports, taking inventory and storing property. “I try to keep the population happy by following through,” Pella said. “I try to make it as easy going for them as I can.” #NDCSTeamMemberSpotlightRead more

Read the Lincoln Journal Star's article on the Nebraska State Penitentiary's (NSP) Veteran's Unit: more