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Lancaster County Department of Corrections

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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:

      Adult Education

    • GED: Classroom instruction and testing providing opportunity for inmates to earn their General Education Diploma.
    • Literacy: Lincoln Literacy provides reading and writing instruction for inmates who are not native English speakers and for inmates who are native English speakers but can benefit from focused tutoring in a small group setting.

      Substance Abuse Assistance

    • Substance Abuse Education Classes: A pre-treatment class providing education and encouraging inmates to examine their relationship with mood altering substances. The Bridge provides classes for male inmates and St. Monica's provides classes for female inmates.
    • Twelve Step Programs: Community volunteers bring 12 Step meetings into the jail in the form of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups.

      Vocational Training and Development

    • Job/Life Skills Classes: This is a structured curriculum taught by Released and Restored, focused on teaching inmates the skills and strategies needed to search, apply, and interview for employment. Mock interviews are part of the curriculum, and inmates are taught how to discuss a criminal record in a job interview. The life skills portion of the curriculum teaches how to create a personal budget, balance a checking account, and how to plan/save for major expenses.
    • Food Prep Skills Program: This five week program is offered six times per year in partnership with Southeast Community College Continuing Education Division. A chef instructor teaches inmates, in both a classroom and hands-on format, the skills necessary to successfully obtain employment as a prep cook or line cook in a food service setting. The basics of working with kitchen knives to prep food product, cooking and baking are covered. A non-credit certificate is issued to those who complete the class, and students who complete the curriculum also take the online Food Handler Permit testing, so that they can apply for employment in the field with a permit in place.
    • Work Release: With the approval of County or District Court judges, inmates may be granted court ordered release to seek employment, work at an established job, participate in treatment, or attend school while in custody. The program is supervised by a Sergeant to ensure compliance with the terms of court ordered release from custody.

      Family Based Educational Programs

    • Parenting Classes: Christian Heritage teaches parenting skills classes using the Common Sense Parenting curriculum developed by Boys Town.
    • Within My Reach: Christian Heritage provides classes focusing on healthy domestic relationships and interactions, with focused attention given to cultivating healthy spousal/intimate partner relationships.

      Religious Programs

    • The jail has a full-time Chaplain placed through Good News Jail and Prison Ministries. The Chaplain coordinates Bible Studies, Sunday services, Catholic Mass, Catholic Bible Studies, mentoring, and one-to-one religious counseling. For inmates of faiths other than Christianity, the Chaplain assists in providing written texts and jail-approved items requested to meet the needs of the religion practiced.

      Transition Planning

    • Moral Reconation Therapy: This is a cognitive/behavioral program which inmates with post-release supervision must complete as a requirement of Probation. This class meets weekly and is taught by Probation Officers trained in program delivery. Inmates who participate in the program are required to complete a period of Probationary supervision upon release from jail, as ordered by the court. Inmates who participate in this program get a "head start" on meeting Probationary requirement. The focus is on changing behaviors by changing the way one thinks about themself, society, and the interactions between the two.
    • V.A. Outreach: The jail is visited weekly by an Outreach Worker from the Veteran's Administration who meets with inmates who are verified military veterans. The Outreach Worker assists this population in identifying needs and provides advice and referrals regarding services available through the V.A. that can help meet their needs upon release from the jail.
    • Mental Health/Substance Abuse Outreach: The jail is visited by an Outreach Worker from CenterPointe . This outreach worker is connected with inmates who have been identified as needing assistance with mental health and/or substance abuse services upon release from custody. Initial screening and some intake documents can be completed while eligible inmates are still in custody in preparation for the inmate's transition back into the community.

      Library Services

    • Reading Material: Books and newspapers are provided to all housing areas of the jail for leisure time reading.
    • Law Library: Inmates may request to attend law library for purposes of conducting legal research. All law library resources are accessible via a computer designated for this activity.

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.

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