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Lt Ernest L. Black, House Arrest Administrator

402-599-2512 (House Arrest Office)

The Douglas County House Arrest Program was started in September of 1986. Since its inception over 30,000 sentenced inmates from Douglas County Corrections Center has participated in the program.


The Douglas County House Arrest program was started as a means of alleviating jail overcrowding at the Douglas County Correctional Center. The Douglas County house Arrest Program does address public safety concerns by maintaining both constant electronic monitoring and physical checks made by House Arrest Officers at least once every 48 hours.


  • Immediate relief of jail overcrowding by placing qualified inmates into suitable residences
  • Cost savings to the County. All House Arrest inmates are responsible for their personal needs while on House Arrest. This includes food, shelter and medical costs
  • Inmates assigned to House Arrest can also be required to do unpaid Community Service work while on House Arrest. To date the weekly average for Community Service hours is 600 hours. This includes the Omaha Food Bank, The Red Cross, The Douglas County Fair, and numerous Neighborhood Associations.
  • Inmates may be authorized to leave their residences to attend school or participate in sanctioned counseling programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other approved counseling
  • House Arrest inmates, with the Courts permission, may continue their employment.  Employment affords inmates the opportunity to continue financial support of themselves and their families.

Community Safety

Inmates placed onto House Arrest are carefully screened prior to placement onto the program. House Arrest uses a Point Assessment Scale to determine eligibility. Once selected and placed onto the House Arrest program all inmates are monitored electronically by one of two systems, Passive or GPS Active. Also inmates can be monitored to detect any alcohol use which is prohibited while on House Arrest. Physical checks are also made at least once every 48 hours by House Arrest Officers. All inmates placed onto House Arrest with more than a 14 day sentence are also drug screened prior to placement and randomly there after.


To be considered for House Arrest, inmates must:

  • Be a sentenced inmate with no holds or bonds
  • Have a residence in Douglas County or the near surrounding area
  • Either have a house phone or operative cellular phone as House Arrest has a limited number of cellular units
  • Not be sentenced to any crime of violence, assault and battery, domestic violence, sexual offenses or charges of crimes against children
  • not exceed the point limit as determined by the point assessment scale

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