NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

July 20, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), Scott R. Frakes announced two executive-level staff appointments.

Shaun Settles has been promoted warden of the Community Corrections Center – Omaha (CCC-O). His position is effective August 2, 2021.

Settles began his career in 1993 as an officer at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC). As he continued to promote through the ranks, Settles has worked at the...Read more

NDCS Director Scott R. Frakes

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 14, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Three graduates from the newest class of recruits with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are trailblazers of a sort. They are the first to complete the agency’s Staff Training Academy (STA) as part of the Corrections Workforce Development Pathways (CWDP) partnership between NDCS and Peru State College. The program provides $15,000 in tuition and a stipend annually to students who choose a career in criminal justice. While completing...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 9, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Ruby Bingham #392632 left her assigned work location in downtown Lincoln this afternoon. She was seen on video getting into a vehicle with two other individuals which drove away from the vicinity of the State Capitol.

Bingham started her sentence on April 20, 2021. She was sentenced to three years for possession of methamphetamine...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

July 7, 2021 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – John Zalme #31008, age 74, died this morning at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). His sentence started January 27, 1977. Zalme was serving a sentence of 130 to 229 years for charges out of Lancaster County that included first degree assault, using a knife to commit a felony, assault with the intent to inflict bodily injury and stabbing with the intent to kill, wound or maim. He was also given a one year sentence for third degree assault...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

July 6, 2021 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – An inmate assaulted a staff member at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) today, resulting in a serious injury*.

The staff member was making sure a door was secured when the inmate, who lives in a cell room nearby, punched the staff member repeatedly and used his knee to strike the staff member in the torso. The assault ceased and the inmate was restrained by responding staff members. The staff member was evaluated and...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 28, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Scott R. Frakes, director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has declared a staffing emergency at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) and the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC), here in Lincoln. The process to implement a 12-hour operational pattern in those facilities will begin today.

To gain the greatest efficiencies, the two facilities will operate under a combined roster. “Normally, each facility operates...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 23, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Ashley Bratic, (24), a corporal at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) was arrested by the Nebraska State Patrol today for unauthorized communication with a prisoner (Neb. Rev. Stat. §83-417).

Bratic has been employed by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since June 1, 2020. This is the only facility where she has worked. Bratic resigned her position with the agency.

Unauthorized communication with a...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 23, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – An inmate who went missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L) on June 7, 2021 has been returned to the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Mia Montes #392262 was booked into the Lancaster County jail on June 18, 2021, prior to her return to NDCS.

Montes started her sentence on November 27, 2019. She was sentenced to four to eight years on charges out of Fillmore County that include...Read more

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