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Cold conditions addressed at correctional center

Cold conditions addressed at correctional center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-04)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

 

February 8, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Scott R. Frakes says measures are being taken to address heating issues at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) in York.

 

“Frigid temperatures outside have certainly had an impact and some of the systems used to maintain consistent heat throughout that facility are not able to keep up with the demand.”

 

None of the current issues are affecting areas where the women are housed. Some of the areas that have been impacted include the laundry, warehouse, recreation, and the kitchen and dining areas.

 

“People are authorized to wear additional clothing while in those spaces,” noted Director Frakes.  “People working in the laundry were previously provided with thermal clothing when temperatures dipped about a week ago. They can also continue to wear their coats, hats and gloves.”

 

As the current weather pattern persists, accommodations will continue to be made so everyone is protected from the cold temperatures. 

 

“The issues are primarily isolated to one building. We did relocate some of the women housed in another building, so that they could be in an area with better heat circulation,” said Director Frakes.

 

In addition to low temperatures outside, the situation has been complicated by mechanical and design deficiencies that tend to plague older buildings. Replacement parts are on order and repairs will be completed as quickly as possible.

 

Director Frakes said maintenance crews would continue to troubleshoot the problems and make repairs in order to restore heat in those areas where temperatures were below 68 degrees.

 

“Obviously, it’s not an ideal situation when people have to wear a coat in the dining hall or while working indoors. We will continue to work to resolve the heating issues and ensure healthy living conditions for the women at NCCW.”