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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

Corporal Martinez stands outside the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) where a new sign reminds us of our appreciation and solidarity for NDCS teammates and all essential workers. #KeepPeopleSafe #EssentialWorkersRead more

Sometimes in order to see a change, you must be the change. In order to create an environment which promotes positive growth and continued recognition of the forward moving behavior, it takes one person to see the possibility and to act on it.

Recently at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC), Corporal Judd did just that.

Judd recognized the need to do more to acknowledge and encourage positive behavior so he created the Plus form, presented the idea and gained approval to implement it. Since May 14, 2020, 112 Plus forms have been presented from teammates to incarcerated individuals. “We focus way too much on the negative...Read more

An honor guard assembled from multiple veteran groups gathered on Memorial Day to render military honors, complete with a twenty-one-gun salute, in honor of the veterans buried at Grasshopper Hill.

Grasshopper Hill is a historical cemetery sitting on the Nebraska State Penitentiary grounds and is maintained by incarcerated individuals and NDCS staff. This hill became the resting grounds of incarcerated individuals unclaimed by family and friends between 1874-1960.

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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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