NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-08)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

March 3, 2017 (Lincoln, NE) – Director Scott R. Frakes, joined by Senator Laura Ebke, Director Scott R. Frakes delivered the following statement during a media briefing today.

The events at TSCI yesterday were serious and horrific. I will not minimize the incident. When the word “riot” is used it conjures images of a facility in chaos. TSCI was not in chaos yesterday. A group of inmates in one half of a housing unit refused to follow the lawful orders of staff and then...Read more

CORRECTED: CRIMES FOR WHICH DAMON FITZGERALD AND MICHAEL GALINDO WERE SENTENCED TO PRISON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-07)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

March 3, 2017 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – Damon Fitzgerald and Michael Galindo died during the disturbance at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) on March 2, 2017.

Damon Fitzgerald (39) # 65776 was serving 310 to 470 years for two counts Sexual Assault 1st degree, Robbery, Burglary, five counts Use of Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony, two counts...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-06)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

February 23, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Harold Nokes (88) inmate #29217 and Gary Pope (68) inmate #33644 died on February 22, 2017.

Harold Nokes died at 9:18 p.m. at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. He was serving a life sentence for 1st degree murder from Red Willow County. His sentence began on March 22, 1974.

Gary Pope died at 9:55 p.m. at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center. He was serving a life sentence for 1st degree murder from Saunders County. His...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-05)

CONTACT Kimberly McGill, Public Information Officer, Nebraska State Penitentiary

OFFICE 402-479-3227 | kimberly.mcgill@nebraska.gov

February 20, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Wayne Stark (57), inmate #83789, died at 1:58 am on Monday, February 20, 2017, in the skilled nursing facility at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. Stark was serving 3 to 6 years for DUI 4th Offense-Aggravated from Douglas County. His sentence began on March 30, 2016, and he had a projected release date of February 24, 2019.

While the cause of his death has not been determined, Stark was being treated...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-04)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | CELL 402-580-9495 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

February 6, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that NDCS Deputy Director for Health Services Dr. Harbans Deol has been appointed chairperson of the American Correctional Association (ACA) Health Care Committee. Each of the 50 states is represented on this committee, which sets the standard for health care in American prisons.

“As chairperson, Dr. Deol will have a principal role in guiding the direction and practice of...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-03)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | CELL 402-580-9495 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

February 2, 2017 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – An inmate at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) assaulted a staff member yesterday, February 1, 2017.

The inmate struck the staff member one time in the head with a homemade weapon (blunt object). The assault occurred at approximately 6 p.m. in a housing unit. Other staff in the area used physical force to subdue the inmate and stop the assault.

The staff member received treatment for non-...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-02)

MEDIA CONTACT:

Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov; 402-479-5713

January 23, 2017 (TECUMSEH) – Floyd Derry (78), inmate # 46237, died on January 21, 2017, at approximately 5:20 p.m. at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.

Mr. Derry had been incarcerated November 22, 1994, and was serving a sentence of 48 years to Life for 2nd degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony out of Deuel County.

While the cause of death has not yet been determined, Mr. Derry had been treated for long-term medical issues and...Read more

Gov. Ricketts addresses Leadership Academy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-01)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | CELL 402-580-9495 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

January 19, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has developed and launched a leadership academy to better prepare staff members to lead their teams and to aid in succession planning; January 13, 2017 marked the first graduation. Eight separate academies are scheduled in 2017.

The Leadership Academy: Supervisor Essentials is an opportunity for the agency to invest in its most valuable resource- its...Read more

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