NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-18)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 22, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – Job seekers have the opportunity to cash in as new recruits at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Director Scott R. Frakes has announced several programs aimed at boosting recruitment and retaining teammates.

“These programs are aimed not only at attracting new talent, but also showing appreciation for those individuals who have moved up the ranks to take on supervisory responsibilities,” noted...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-17)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 15, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – Whitney Hopkins (58), #88807, died shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Bryan Medical Center -- West. Hopkins was assigned to the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) and was moved to the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) on April 10. He was taken by state vehicle to the hospital this morning due to a medical issue.

Hopkins was serving a nine year sentence for charges in Gage County. He was convicted of...Read more

NDCS Medical Director Dr. Harbans Deol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-16) CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS execs appointed to national corrections association committees

April 10, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – 10, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) -- Two executive team members in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) have been appointed to serve leadership positions in the American Correctional Association (ACA). The ACA, founded in 1870, is the largest and oldest corrections association in the world, responsible for establishing standards and auditing of accredited correctional agencies.

Dr...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-15) CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

Staff member assaulted at TSCI​

April 8, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – An inmate at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) assaulted a staff member on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Around 1:40 p.m. the inmate exited his cell when his door was opened by mistake. The inmate hit the staff member in the head and torso with his fists. That staff member was able to help subdue the inmate, along with several other officers who came to assist. One staff member deployed two short bursts of oleoresin...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-14)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

March 31, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) Adrian Rodriguez (26), #87054, turned himself in to the Community Corrections Center-Omaha (CCC-0) at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Authorities placed Rodriguez on escape status yesterday morning, when he failed to return to the facility from his place of work.

Rodriguez is serving a three year sentence for third degree assault of a peace officer. His tentative release date is scheduled for May 9, 2019....Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-13)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

March 30, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center-Omaha (CCC-O). Adrian Rodriguez #87054 was reported missing at 9:00 a.m. this morning when he failed to return to the facility from his place of employment.

CCC-O is one of two community custody facilities operated by NDCS. Community custody is the lowest custody level and the least restrictive facility. Inmates are allowed...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-12)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

DEC staff member injured in assault

March 26, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – An inmate at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) in Lincoln assaulted a staff member on Monday, March 25, 2019, resulting in a serious* injury.

The incident happened just after 9:30 p.m. The inmate hit the staff member in the torso and head multiple times with a closed fist. Responding staff members were able to assist the injured staff member in restraining the inmate.

The injured staff member...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-11)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

March 22, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Director Scott Frakes joined Governor Pete Ricketts in opening a state of the art, 160-bed female living unit at the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln (CCC-L).

“This expansion and renovation increases overall capacity to 660 beds for men and women at CCC-L,” said Director Frakes. “In addition to providing much needed bed space, it provides core services and employment opportunities through the addition of a new...Read more

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