NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-06)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

February 19, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced he is seeking two mental health professionals to fill open positions in the agency’s Long Term Restrictive Housing Work Group. Each individual will be appointed by Governor Ricketts to serve a three year term.

Members of the group provide advice related to the policies and procedures surrounding the proper treatment and care of offenders in long-...Read more

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...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-03)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Communications Director

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

February 8, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) Today, Scott R. Frakes announced the arrest of inmate Anthony Gafford (#52277) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gafford was placed on escape status January 26, 2019, when he failed to return to the Community Correction Center-Lincoln (CCC-L) following a work assignment.

The U.S. Marshals Service apprehended Gafford (#52277) on February 7, 2019 after receiving information from the U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force in Nebraska...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-02)

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...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-02)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

January 14, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes released the 2018 Strategic Plan Progress Report for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). The report summarizes the accomplishments achieved in the final fiscal year of the agency’s 2015-2018 strategic plan.

The structure of the report includes a number of outcomes, by which the agency has measured progress in the following five areas: reentry and rehabilitation,...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-01)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

January 13, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) Today, Scott R. Frakes announced a significant drop in turnover among teammates employed with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Agency-wide turnover fell to just under 24 percent in 2018, and protective services turnover was 31 percent. This reflects a 14 percent reduction for agency turnover and a nine percent reduction for protective services positions.

“Agency-wide turnover has continued to climb...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-35)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Communications Director

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

December 19, 2018 (Lincoln, NE) – Roger Schmidt (74), #65969, died today at 1:58 a.m. at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). Schmidt was serving a 38 to 45-year sentence for first degree sexual assault of a child. His sentence began on May 18, 2007.

The cause of death has not been determined. Schmidt was under treatment for long-term medical conditions.

As is the case whenever an inmate...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-34)

Today, at approximately 3:15 p.m. at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP), inmates ignited a fire inside a trash can. The inmates involved blocked staff members from entering the gallery by tying the doors closed.

The NSP corrections emergency response team (CERT) entered the gallery approximately 28 minutes after the incident began and extinguished the fire, securing inmates in their cells or in the dayroom. Use of force was not necessary as the inmates complied with staff directives. No injuries to staff members or inmates have been reported.

“The NSP team responded...Read more

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