NDCS community corrections inmate remains missing

NDCS community corrections inmate remains missing


CONTACT Laura Strimple, Communications Director

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


January 29, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) An inmate who did not return to the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln (CCC-L) following a work assignment remains missing. Anthony Gafford (#52277) was placed on escape status shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019. He has been housed at CCC-L since May 2018 and was scheduled for an upcoming parole hearing in April.

Gafford was sentenced 30 to 50 years for 2nd degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

“Per policy, law enforcement agencies were immediately notified as to Gafford’s disappearance Saturday evening,” explained Director Frakes. “Additionally, notification was provided to the victim contact who is listed with NDCS.”

Frakes said in situations involving an inmate who has walked away from a community correctional center, law enforcement is notified and the inmate locator is updated. 

“CCC-L is one of two community custody facilities operated by NDCS. Inmates housed in those facilities have the opportunity to take part in work release in the community, with prior approval and without direct supervision.”

Based on court records, Gafford has had his parole revoked on two previous occasions. He has most recently been housed with NDCS since July 2017.


Additional information on Community Correctional Centers

The goal of reentry is to provide skills and opportunities that will best allow people to reintegrate into society.

It is important to distinguish between inmates who are in community custody and those who are housed in medium or maximum security facilities.

Community custody is the lowest custody level and the least restrictive facility. Inmates are allowed to participate in work opportunities, attend school and religious services.

When Mr. Gafford failed to return to CCC-L at the appropriate time, staff initiated the appropriate notification process to law enforcement. While the legal definition for his departure is ‘escape,’ Mr. Gafford left of his place of employment and did not return to the facility.