County Corrections/Jail

Amnesty Day/Night Court Sept. 3rd and Night Court Sept. 24th 

Lancaster County Court, in conjunction with the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office, the Lincoln City Attorney’s Office, the Lancaster County Public Defender’s Office, the Lincoln Police Department, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, began issuing orders in March of this year suspending the execution of certain warrants. Those orders, as extended, are scheduled to expire on September 8, 2020. As a means of allowing individuals to clear those and possibly other outstanding warrants, and further as a means of continuing the Court’s practice of holding after hours "Night Court" sessions,

Thursday September 3rd has been designated as an Amnesty Day/Night Court and

Thursday September 24th has been affirmed as a date for Night Court.  

Sessions will be held on the 2nd floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse - County Courtroom 24:

  • Amnesty Day/Night Court:  September 3, 2020 at the 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. sessions and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • Night Court:  September 24, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Purpose of Amnesty Day and Night Court

The purpose of these court sessions is to provide those individuals who have outstanding warrants an opportunity to come to court, possibly clear those warrants without being taken into custody, and get their cases back on track. In addition, Night Court provides greater access to the justice system to those individuals who cannot miss work to attend regular court sessions without risking termination of their employment, who care for children or parents during the day, or who otherwise have commitments which make it difficult for them to come to court during regular business hours.


Eligibility and Scheduling

Only non-custody matters will be taken up and heard during these special court sessions. All misdemeanor warrants with the exception of “Hold for Court” warrants (see “Jail Holds” below) are eligible for recall and to have their cases reset. Individuals who believe they may have an outstanding warrant are encouraged to visit the page published jointly by LPD and LSO at https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/stats/warrant1.htm to determine if they are on that list. For answers to questions, including whether warrants have been designated as “Hold for Court”, or to schedule cases during one of these special sessions, individuals may contact the Criminal/Traffic desk of the Court Clerk's office at 402-441-8959. Attorneys are encouraged to file motions ahead of these dates requesting hearings at these special sessions. Placing cases on the docket ahead of the session will assist the Court with scheduling and staffing.


Jail Holds

Some outstanding warrants, such as those when a defendant has failed to appear for sentencing, a trial or a hearing on a motion to revoke bond or probation, may have been designated by the Court as “Hold for Court”.   Hold for Court warrants will not be recalled. In addition, individuals with felony warrants will also be taken into custody.  All such individuals will be lodged at the Lancaster County Jail and called up before the court on the following day.

Lancaster County Jail to Resume Visits

Lincoln, NE – March 19, 2020 – Beginning June 22, 2020, Lancaster County Department of Corrections will reopen its main lobby and resume public video visits, along with in-person visits for attorneys and other professionals.

  1. Limited on-site video visitation will begin for inmates housed in general population housing areas. Off-site video visitation will also begin for inmates housed in general population housing areas.
  2. Current restrictions on video visitation will remain in effect for newly admitted inmates who are housed in an intake housing unit and for inmates located in an area of the jail facility where they are under medical supervision or monitoring.
  3. Inmates who are classified and housed in accordance with their classification may have one (1) on-site video visit per week.
  4. No more than ten (10) on-site video visits will occur during each time block listed above, and only two (2) visitors are allowed to visit an inmate during a scheduled visit. Assigned visit stations will be spread out to insure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between stations unless a wall is present to act as a barrier.
  5. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face masks when they enter the facility for their video visit.
  6. Visitors should wait until 5 to 10 minutes prior to their scheduled visit to enter the facility for their visit. Public seating in the lobby area is closed at this time.
  7. Money may be deposited on an inmate’s account using the kiosk in the public lobby when the lobby area is open.
  8. The public lobby will be closed from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. each day, and from 6:35 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. each day. During these hours, those wishing to deposit funds on an inmate’s account must use the kiosk in the jail’s release lobby.
  9. The Records window in the public lobby is closed at this time. The Lobby Officer can assist public visitors with informing Records that money has been posted for bond or to assist with obtaining a Certificate of Incarceration if this document is needed.
  1. Attorneys and professionals may resume scheduling contact visitation online, by logging into their IC Solutions visitor account as before. This will apply to inmates in all housing areas.
  2. Attorneys and other professionals will still need to contact Programs Director, Brenda Fisher, or her designee, for assistance with scheduling video visitation with inmates in the male and female reception units because of ongoing operational changes in those areas. Brenda, or her designee, will also need to be contacted regarding requested visits of any kind for an inmate in the infirmary area of the jail.
  3. All attorneys and other professional visitors must check in with the Lobby Officer inside the jail’s main entrance. Be advised that public seating in the main lobby area is closed, so plan to wait in your vehicle if arriving more than 5 to 10 minutes prior to your visit. Please enter the public lobby 5 to 10 minutes prior to your scheduled visit to allow time for check in. Kindly maintain 6 feet of distance from others in the lobby, should you have to wait for visitors to check in ahead of you.
  4. Health screening questions related to symptoms of Covid19 will need to be answered when you check in for your visit. The Lobby Officer will provide a thermometer to check your temperature before you enter the contact visit room. You will take your own temperature, display the reading to the Lobby Officer, and return the thermometer to him or her. If the temperature reads over 100 degrees, you will be allowed to clear your forehead of any hair or head covering that may be elevating the reading. You will take your temperature for a second time 10 minutes after pulling back hair or removing a head covering. If the reading is 100 degrees or below, the visit will proceed as scheduled. If the reading is over 100 degrees for a second time, the visit will be cancelled and you will be asked to leave.
  5. Attorneys and other professional visitors are required to put on a face mask prior to entering the jail facility. The mask must be worn for the duration of the visit with the inmate and while in the facility. The inmate is expected to wear their face mask throughout the visit as well.
  6. From 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and from 6:35 to 7:35 p.m., there is no Lobby Officer on post, so the public lobby will be closed, and no visitation will occur. As before, certain blocks of time will not be available to you when you schedule your contact visit, based upon the operational schedule of the jail facility.
  7. Please feel free to contact Brenda Fisher, Programs Director, at 402-441-1928, should you have any questions regarding visitations or the procedures which appear above.

Mission Statement

As an integral part of the criminal justice system, the Lancaster County Department of Corrections provides community safety through secure, legal, and compassionate adult detention. We achieve this through the recruitment and development of professional staff who provide services which promote personal growth and reduce recidivism of those in our charge.