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Scott R. Frakes, Director

Scott R. Frakes, Director

Appointed: February 2, 2015

Nebraska Dept. of Correctional Services
P.O. Box 94661
Lincoln, NE 68509-4661
(402) 471-2654

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Scott R. Frakes


Scott R. Frakes, Director of NDCS

We are in the business of providing people opportunities to change for the better. Public safety and staff safety must guide every decision the Department makes. With staff engagement and thoughtful planning we can safely implement innovative practices throughout the Department.

Scott previously held the position of Deputy Director of Prisons for the Washington State Department of Corrections. He was responsible for administrative oversight of six adult correctional facilities housing approximately 8,200 offenders. He’s been employed with WADOC since 1982, starting at the Washington State Penitentiary as a Correctional Officer. Scott rose through the ranks in the prison system, becoming the Superintendent of Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in 2005. In 2008 he took over as the Superintendent of the Monroe Correctional Complex and 2012 was promoted to the position of Deputy Director of Prisons. Scott has led organizational change, built strong relationships with community partners and holds a lead role in the reform of WADOC’s segregation policies, practices and culture.

Scott is a graduate of The Evergreen State College. He is a past president of the Washington Correctional Association and a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Managers Award in 2008. Prior to coming to Nebraska, Scott was serving, by the Governor’s appointment, on the Public Safety Review Panel, providing oversight of community releases for mentally ill individuals, involuntarily committed under a, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, finding.

Scott was born and raised in Walla Walla, a community in Eastern Washington with over 150 years of agricultural history. He has been married 36 years to Kelly Frakes (Adams). They have two adult daughters (one living in Seattle, the other in Portland), and Kelly’s little dog Georgie. Scott and Kelly (and Georgie) last resided in Olympia, WA.