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What are Nebraska Inmate Records?

Nebraska inmate records contain all personal and official information about inmates detained in facilities across the state. These facilities include locally managed jails and detention centers as well as state-run prisons, penal institutions, and state penitentiaries. The data contained in these records include the names, birth dates, gender, and nationality of the inmates, as well as information regarding the inmate's criminal histories, current charges and ongoing sentences, bond conditions, and relevant court information. Per the Nebraska Public Records Law, this information may be made available to interested persons upon request.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the Nebraska Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) operates all state correctional institutions and facilities within its jurisdiction. This includes all state-operated prison facilities and excludes city and county jails and detention centers. County and city jails serve as holding facilities for each jurisdiction and are managed by local law enforcement agencies that disseminate inmate records of each facility.

At the state level, however, the NDCS establishes the operational guidelines of its facilities and maintains inmate records and related data. While some of these guidelines are adopted by locally managed facilities, the state department mainly disseminates records of inmates in state-operated institutions with only a few exceptions. In total, the NDCS oversees the operations of 10 facilities, which house over 4,000 inmates.

Listed below are the addresses and contact information of all state-operated correctional institutions in the US state of Nebraska:

Community Corrections Center - Lincoln
2720 West Van Dorn Street
Lincoln, NE 68522
Phone: (402) 471-0740

Community Corrections Center - Omaha
2320 Avenue J
Omaha, NE 68110
Phone: (402) 595-2010

Diagnostic & Evaluation Center
3220 West Van Dorn Street
Lincoln, NE 68522-9284
Phone: (402) 471-3330

Lincoln Correctional Center
3216 West Van Dorn Street
Lincoln, NE 68522
Phone: (402) 471-2861

Nebraska Correctional Center For Women
1107 Recharge Road
York, NE 68467-8003
Phone: (402) 362-317

Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility
2610 North 20th Street East
Omaha, NE 68110
Phone: (402) 595-2000

Nebraska State Penitentiary
4201 South 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone: (402) 471-3161

Omaha Correctional Center
2323 Avenue J
Omaha, NE 68110-0099
Phone: (402) 595-3963

Tecumseh State Correctional Institution
2725 Highway 50
Tecumseh, NE 68450
Phone: (402) 335-5998

Work Ethic Camp
2309 North Highway 83
Mccook, NE 69001
Phone: (308) 345-8405

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Nebraska Prisons and Jails?

Nebraska state inmates may be sent funds for in-jail purchases in the commissary and the canteen. All inmate account payments are made using JPay, which also allows family and friends of the inmate to send electronic photographs, emails, and E-cards.

To send money via JPay, interested persons may establish an account on the vendor's web page or call (800) 574-5729. To obtain information regarding the recipient inmate, the user may conduct a search on the BOP Inmate Locator. All deposits require the inmate's BOP register number as well as his/her first and last name.

To use the vendor's email service, interested persons may log in to a personal JPay account, purchase a stamp online and send the message. This will also require the personal information of the recipient. Photographs, as well as a 30-second video, can be attached to each mail, all at affordable rates. What's more? Emails are received within 48 hours, and the e-stamps are even more affordable than traditional stamps.

How to Visit Inmates in Nebraska Prisons and Jails

The visitation guidelines of most Nebraska state correctional institutions vary with each facility because of the inmates detained, the housing location, facility capacity, and a variety of other factors. Thus, intending visitors are advised to review the visitation policy of the specific facility before proceeding with any visit. Nonetheless, the NSCS established some visitation procedures which serve as a great jump-off point for most facilities in its jurisdiction.

As per state laws, only persons who are included on an inmate's visitation list may be allowed to see an inmate. The list comprises persons who, by a background check. have met the eligibility requirements of the department. To be included, the visitor must download and legibly fill a visitation application which must be submitted to:

Pass Clerk
Nebraska State Penitentiary
P.O. Box 22500
Lincoln, NE 68542

Subsequent to processing the application, approved visitors will be provided with a visitor pass which should be used to enter the facility along with the visitor's government-issued photo ID. Visitors must pass routine checks before accessing the facility, and all non-adult visitors must present a valid form of identification along with being escorted by an approved adult visitor. For further information regarding the process, interested persons may contact the corrections staff or the facility where the inmate is being held.

The Difference between Nebraska State Prisons and County Jail

Nebraska's prison system consists of 10 state prisons as well as 63 county jails. The Nebraska state prisons and county jails are under the oversight of the NDCS. However, state prisons are directly managed by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, while the county jails are managed by their respective county sheriff's offices.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is responsible for the operation of the state's 10 prisons. The NDCS has a total inmate capacity of over 4,600 inmates. As of December 2018, there were a total of 4,082 inmates housed in Nebraska state prisons.

There are 9 county jails in Nebraska, all of which are operated by their respective county sheriff's offices. The total capacity of all county jails is 1,872 inmates. As of December 2018, there were a total of 1,430 inmates housed in Nebraska county jails.

The average daily population of all state and county prisons in Nebraska was 5,914 in FY2018. This is an increase of 2.4% from the FY2017 average daily population of 5,784. Nebraska's incarceration rate ranks 26th in the United States at 398 per 100,000 residents. This is lower than the national average incarceration rate of 419 per 100,000 residents.

How to Perform an Inmate Search in Nebraska State Prisons

The NDCS website allows interested members of the public to conduct a free inmate search by name and housing facility locations using the Nebraska prison Inmate Search Tool and Facility Index. Using the Nebraska prison inmates search tool, inmates may be searched by first or last name or designated DOC number for information regarding the inmate's housing location.

Parties can use this tool to find a person in jail as well as details of the inmate's personal data, sentence type, parole eligibility and dates, projected release date, and related information. If an inmate cannot be tracked using the inmate lookup tool, the Public Records Unit may be contacted as an alternative. Queries may be made to the mail or email of the unit at:

Public Disclosure Unit
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
P.O. Box 94661
Lincoln, NE 68509

How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?

An inmate's release date is among the publicly available information obtained using the online inmate search tool. However, under certain circumstances, the record custodian will restrict access to the exact inmate release date. In such cases, only the inmate's immediate family members, victims, attorneys, and authorized criminal justice officials can obtain inmate records.

How to Contact Inmates in Nebraska

Nebraska state inmates may be contacted through channels provided by the holding facility. To obtain information on inmate correspondence, interested members of the public are advised to contact the state facilities individually. In many cases, the inmate may be allowed to make outgoing phone calls as well as send and receive mail.

Inmate phones often require that the provided phones are prepaid. Payments may be made to the institution's designated vendor via debit or credit card. Additionally, all persons who are contacted by inmates often need to be included in the inmate's approved list. This may require an official application.

On the other hand, most facilities have strict rules regarding incoming mail. Inmates are generally disallowed from receiving items such as care packages, foods, and items other than photographs of specific sizes. All mail that does not meet the compliance requirements of the department may be returned to the sender or confiscated. Outgoing mail must include the names and ID of the receiving inmate and a return address for the center.

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Search Includes

  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
  • Driving Violations
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Property Records
  • Asset Records
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Criminal Record

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  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
  • In 2017, there were 1,920 presidential pardon requests. Of those, 142 were granted.