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How Are Inmate Records in Nebraska Created and Stored?

Inmate records in Nebraska are created by all different types of law enforcement. The process begins when someone is arrested, and the RAP sheet is filled out with their name, address, physical description, mug shot, and details about the crime they committed. Suspects are usually held in jail until trial and sentencing. Anything that happens in the inmate’s life is noted in the inmate records and kept up to date. The Nebraska Department of Corrections (NDOC) is the agency in charge of inmate records, and they keep them updated daily. The NDOC keeps inmates records online so anyone can perform an inmate search any time of day or night.

How to Find if Someone is in Jail or Prison in Nebraska?

The state of Nebraska makes it easy for someone to run an inmate search to find someone incarcerated in the Nebraska prison system. They have a dedicated website that anyone can use to locate someone in any of the nine state prisons. Simply follow the instructions below to find an inmate in a Nebraska prison.

  1. Visit the Nebraska Department of Corrections inmate locator website.
  2. Read the disclaimer and then enter either the person’s name or their prison ID number and hit the “Search” button.
  3. Review the list of inmates showing committed name, legal name, ID, gender, date of birth, status, facility, and race.
  4. You can then click on the person’s name to see additional details about the inmate.

You can also lookup inmate records, criminal records, arrest history, incarcerations, assets, civil lawsuits, and more using the Infotracer search tool. It includes more than 2 million public records. 

What Does Nebraska’s Prison System Look Like?

The Nebraska prison system is relatively straightforward, with only a few types of facilities. However, as they are short on prisons, they are rich in services and programs. The Nebraska Department of Corrections oversees and manages the entire system. They employ a liberal use of education and reentry services to help reduce the likelihood of recidivism with released inmates. Their families include:

  • 9 State Prisons
  • 1 youth detention center
  • 0 Federal prisons
  • 93 county jails

Did you Know?

  • 92% of prison inmates in Nebraska are male, 8% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Nebraska increased by 348 percent (from $80,694,184 to $361,331,000).
  • As of 2016, there were 424 women in Nebraska federal prisons.
  • As of 2016, the reported number of non-U.S. citizens held in custody in Nebraska was 219
  • Between 2007 and 2016, the Nebraska prison population increased by 18%

Types of Jails/Prisons in Nebraska

The Nebraska corrections system uses only state-run facilities managed and overseen by the Nebraska Department of Corrections and director, Scott R. Frakes who works closely with the state Governor, Pete Ricketts. Together they run nine state facilities and one youth detention center. The state also has short-term jail facilities located in each of the ninety-three counties. Those are run and operated by local Sheriff’s Offices.

How Many People are Locked up in Nebraska?

Nebraska’s prison system holds 5,302 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 5,147 residents are held in state prisons, 2 in federal prisons, 4 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 149 in local jails.

Correctional Facilities: Totals:
Juvenile Correctional Facilities4
Federal Prisons2
State Prisons5,147
Local Jails149

Nebraska State Prisons

The Nebraska corrections system uses only state-run facilities managed and overseen by the Nebraska Department of Corrections and director, Scott R. Frakes who works closely with the state Governor, Pete Ricketts. Together they run nine state facilities and one youth detention center. The state also has short-term jail facilities located in each of the ninety-three counties. Those are run and operated by local Sheriff’s Offices.

  • Community Corrections Center - Lincoln
  • Community Corrections Center - Omaha
  • Diagnostic & Evaluation Center
  • Lincoln Correctional Center
  • Nebraska Correctional Center for Women
  • Nebraska State Penitentiary
  • Omaha Correctional Center
  • Tecumseh State Correctional Institution
  • Work Ethic Camp

 

How to Search for State Prison Inmates in Nebraska

 It is very easy to lookup an inmate housed in state prison. The Nebraska Department of Corrections oversees all facilities and keeps all inmate records online and searchable. Therefore, you only need to follow the steps below to search for a Nebraska inmate:

  1. Visit the Nebraska Department of Corrections inmate locator website.
  2. Read the disclaimer and then enter either the person’s name or their prison ID number and hit the “Search” button.
  3. Review the list of inmates showing committed name, legal name, ID, gender, date of birth, status, facility, and race.
  4. You can then click on the person’s name to see additional details about the inmate.

Nebraska County Jails

The state of Nebraska has ninety-three counties, and within each one, there is a Sheriff’s Office who keeps a local jail. These jail facilities (sometimes called detention centers) hold suspects who are awaiting a hearing, pretrial inmates, and convicts who have been sentenced to less than a year in jail. There is no centralized list of county jails, but anyone wishing to find one can visit the local Sheriff’s Office website.

Nebraska's County and Local Jail Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total563247212218149
Male502843205217144
Female644715

How to Perform a Nebraska Jail Inmate Search

Finding an inmate in a Nebraska jail is different than for state prison. Each local Sheriff’s Office manages the county jails, so there is no centralized list except for local law enforcement to access. Many of the local Sheriff’s Offices have websites of their own, and they often have an inmate locator feature on them or a list of current residents. To perform a Nebraska jail inmate search, call the local Sheriff’s Office, or check online.

Nebraska Juvenile Detention Centers

The state of Nebraska has only one youth detention facility. It houses child offenders up to the age of 21. It is located in Omaha and has been accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) since 2000. The Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility houses only male offenders and focuses on “management, programming, and discipline that protects staff, inmates, and the public.“ This facility has both maximum and minimum security units. The NCYF has a strong commitment to education and reducing recidivism among youth offenders.

Juvenile Population in Custody During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total1991522104
Male1991522104
Female000000

How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

You cannot search for juvenile detention center inmates online. Juvenile records are kept sealed by the state until the person reaches the age of 18. Then the inmate has the right to apply to have their inmate records expunged. Therefore, the only way to find an inmate in a juvenile detention center in Nebraska is to call the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility directly and inquire about a specific person. Generally, only family, friends, and authorized individuals will be given access. The NDOC website does provide information on visitation and how to send gifts or money to an inmate there. 

Why are People Incarcerated in Nebraska?

There are approximately 11,000 inmates in Nebraska. Fifty-one hundred are in state prisons, another 3,300 reside in local jails, 1,600 are in a federal prison outside the state, and 470 are in youth detention. Roughly 200 inmates are in mental institutions receiving treatment. The majority of Nebraska inmates are locked up due to committing crimes against other people. Nine hundred and forty-two are in lockup due to sex crimes. Another 739 are in for drug charges, 664 committed property crimes, and the rest there because of other crimes. About 10% of the inmate population in Nebraska committed murder.

Nebraska’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

Nebraska’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 274, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 39%. The number of Nebraska prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 5,302, from which 8% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 4,878 in 2016.

2011201220132014201520162017
Total244247263283279274273
Male453459489523517506503
Female38363845444344

Where Do Nebraska Inmates Go When They are Released?

Inmates released from Nebraska prison facilities will go back home to family and friends. However, the state Department of Corrections has an extensive reentry program which includes a handbook, initiatives, education and one-on-one assistance with finding jobs, secure housing, and other re-socialization skill-building before someone is sent back into society. The state is committed to reducing recidivism; thus, the lofty reentry programs to help.

How Does Parole Work in Nebraska?

Parole is a privilege given to inmates who have behaved well in prison and do not pose a danger to society. The Nebraska parole board reviews each inmate’s records and determines if they should be granted parole. When they are released early, they must agree to certain terms such as regular meetings with a parole officer, drug tests, and other goals. If they fail to comply with even one of these stipulations, they will be returned to prison to finish out their sentence.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population: 1,088
Entries: 1,537
Exits: 1,499
Change in 2016: 3%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Nebraska?

As an alternative to prison, Nebraska judges have the right to order probation. This means the offender is allowed to remain free, work at their jobs, and be a productive member of society, but they must follow strict rules. These rules include meeting regularly with a probation officer and other things. If they violate these rules, they will be arrested and sent to prison.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population: 13,489
Entries: 9,951
Exits: 12,425
Change in 2016: 6%

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