County Corrections/Jail

Lancaster County Jail Suspends All Visits

Lincoln, NE – March 18, 2020 – Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, Lancaster County Department of Corrections will suspend all visits indefinitely to manage risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19. Video and professional visits will be cancelled. Inmates will be allowed two free phone calls per week while this suspension is implemented, so that communication can be maintained with family and friends.

If professional visitors have an emergency need to visit in person with an inmate, they may contact Programs Director, Brenda Fisher, in advance to discuss the nature of the emergency. In exceptional cases, an accommodation may be arranged. Any professional who is granted an emergency in-person visit may be screened medically prior to visiting with an inmate.

Also beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, the Lancaster County Jail’s Public Lobby will close. Anyone who comes to the facility to deposit money on an inmate account, or conduct other business, will need to utilize the Release Lobby until further notice. Family and friends are reminded that money may be placed on an inmate account by phone or internet. This method of financial transaction is preferred and encouraged.

Director Brad Johnson, and the staff members of Lancaster County’s Adult Detention Facility appreciate your understanding and patience with these changes. These measures are being implemented solely to protect the health of our inmates, our staff, and the health of the visiting public. 

Established in 1859, Lancaster County is Nebraska’s second most populated county. Home to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lancaster County is a growing and dynamic community. In collaboration with the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County provides a variety of services for residents and has been nationally recognized for its cooperation and progressive attitude in service to residents. The mission of the Lancaster County Board is to provide sustainable governmental services for a healthy, safe and diverse community.

While our main lobby may be closed; there are still convenient options for adding money to a loved one’s account.

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.