The state of Nebraska has only one type of juvenile detention center for youth offenders who have been sentenced to confinement by the courts. The facility is called the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF).
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services is the government agency in charge of all juvenile detention facilities, inmates and Nebraska juvenile inmate records. The warden for the facility is Charlie West. It is not possible to conduct a Nebraska juvenile detention center inmate search online, so therefore, anyone searching for an inmate will have to contact the Department of Correctional services directly.
The Department of Correctional Services’ mission is to “keep people safe.” They support this mission through their vision of: “Successfully carrying out our mission is how we achieve this vision. The vision of our agency is a direct reflection of how important we are to an orderly society. Through the use of effective interventions, incentives, and appropriate sanctions, we make prisons safe. By creating safe prisons where people can engage in pro-social activities and address needs that reduce their risk to reoffend, their lives are transformed. When people become contributing members of society, our communities are safe.”
The NCYF is a juvenile detention facility holding only male inmates between the ages of 10–21. The facility has 5,400 square feet and units covering minimum, medium, and maximum security. The facility is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Their focus is on management, discipline, and programming. The inmates are allowed to take part in recreational activities seven days a week. All inmates first visit the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) in Lincoln for a full assessment and examination.
Some of the programs they offer inmates are:
There are just below 500 inmates in juvenile detention centers. The highest number of them are between the ages of 11–13. Most are white, then Hispanic and American Indian. Seventy-four percent are male, and the rest are female. Seventy percent of the inmates in juvenile detention committed felonies and the others, misdemeanors.