Corrections Adult Detention Facility
The Adult Detention Facility (ADF) at 3801 West O Street opened in July of 2013 and has a current maximum capacity of 786 inmates. The ADF was built in response to an overcrowded inmate population in the previous facilities. In 2006, Lancaster County hired a consulting study team to conduct and prepare a pre-architectural jail study. The purpose of the study was to forecast correctional system needs for Lancaster County, conduct a needs assessment of prior facilities, and make facility and operational recommendations to meet future needs and enhance efficiencies. Recommendations from these assessments and studies were presented to the Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners decided to invest in building a new facility that could answer the issues of safety, security, and inmate overcrowding, as well as accommodate facility expansion, if future inmate population so dictates.
Ground breaking for the ADF occurred on July 14, 2009, and construction began shortly thereafter. The ADF encompasses nearly 290,000 square feet. It replaces the Intake and Detention Facility (IDF) located at 605 South 10th Street and the Lancaster Correctional Facility (LCF) located at 4420 NW 41st Street.
The ADF contains 6 general population pods, 12 general population dormitories, a segregation pod, and a pod for inmates with special needs due to mental/ behavioral health concerns, cognitive deficits, or developmental disabilities. The ADF's classification process determines inmate housing assignment, and evaluates many factors, including present and past criminal charges, level of experience in a correctional environment, and current level of behavioral compliance with facility rules and regulations.
The ADF applies the principles of Direct Supervision to facility operations. Direct Supervision has two key elements. The first element involves the physical design of the facility. The ADF is designed to reduce physical barriers that impede staff interaction with inmates. The second element of Direct Supervision involves behavior management methods. The supervising Correctional Officer assumes control of the housing unit and establishes a professional supervisory relationship with the inmates. Correctional Officers interact with inmates in the housing unit, addressing any problems promptly, and encouraging pro-social behavior. When both elements of Direct Supervision are applied, the result is a correctional facility with improved safety and security for inmates, staff, volunteers, and visitors.
The ADF has a total of 29 multipurpose rooms to provide space for increased programming opportunities. Current programs focus heavily on substance abuse and adult education. Current programs include:
- GED-Provides classroom instruction and examinations so that inmate students can receive their high school equivalency certificate in General Educational Development
- Alcoholics Anonymous-A 12 step program providing group meetings to address alcohol addiction issues
- Narcotics Anonymous-A 12 step program providing group meetings to address drug addiction issues
- Substance Abuse Education- A pre-treatment class providing structured education designed to motivate inmate students to examine their relationship with drugs and/or alcohol. Cornhusker Place provides this program to male inmates. St Monica's provides this program to female inmates.
- Released and Restored- A class providing structured education to teach inmate students basic life and job skills. Skills in the area of seeking employment, creating a resume, interviewing for employment, professionalism, and budgeting for personal finances are among the skill sets addressed.
- Religious Services-Provides Bible study classes, Sunday worship services, Catholic Mass and Bible studies, religious mentoring, written material and other materials, as approved, for inmates of all religious faiths. All religious activities are coordinated by the ADF Chaplain, who is affiliated with Good News Jail & Prison Ministries.
- Work Release-A program provided in conjunction with the County and District Courts which allows sentenced inmates to apply for release from jail in order to work at an established job, seek employment, attend school, or attend treatment while in custody.
- Library Services-Provides inmates access to books for leisure time reading.
- Law Library Services- Provides inmates opportunity to conduct legal research.
The ADF kitchen prepares food for the Youth Services Center, Crisis Center, Cornhusker Place, and the ADF. This service is provided by a private contractor equipped to take advantage of quantities of scale and provide economical, nutritious meals to inmates and residents of the other facilities noted above.