NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-136)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

December 22, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Pay increases have prompted a spike in applications to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), in particular, for positions that work most directly with the inmate population. Director Scott R. Frakes says preliminary data indicates significant interest, including from individuals who work outside of the state.

“We have had inquiries from at least 10 other states and have had potential recruits travel from California and...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-135)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

December 13, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Lajuan Jones #86630 did not report to work this morning. There was also an indication that the electronic monitoring device he was wearing was removed near 27th and O Street.

Jones started his sentence on October 31, 2017. He was sentenced to eight to 10 years on burglary and theft charges out of Douglas County. He has a tentative...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-134)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

December 7, 2021 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – Michael Becker #88880, age 25, died this morning at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). His sentence started on January 4, 2019. Becker was serving a 15 to 20 year sentence on charges out of Buffalo County that included robbery and second degree assault.

As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), a grand jury will conduct an investigation....Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-133)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

December 2, 2021 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – Frank Hardy #73553, age 68, died Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). His sentence started May 4, 2011. Hardy was serving a 75 to 95 year sentence on charges of Gage County that included first degree sexual assault of a child, third degree sexual assault of a child and visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct.

While the cause of death has not yet been determined, Hardy was being treated for a...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-132)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

November 30, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – An inmate at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) is being treated at the hospital for serious* injuries resulting from an assault by another inmate. The assault occurred yesterday (Monday) morning, in the cell shared by both men.

A staff member reported seeing one of the men repeatedly stomp on the head and torso of his cellmate. The inmate responsible for the assault was placed in restraints and escorted out of the area. The injured inmate...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-131)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

November 24, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – An inmate who disappeared from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L) is back in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Edgar Vidales-Ramirez, #212051, left CCC-L the evening of Thursday, November 18. On Monday, November 22, authorities advised NDCS that he was in Omaha.

Vidales-Ramirez started his sentence on June 29, 2020. He was sentenced to three years and four months on charges out of Douglas...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-130)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

November 22, 2021 (McCook, Neb.) – Charles Spray, age 35, died Sunday, November 21, 2021 at McCook, Community Hospital. He was incarcerated at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC). Spray’s sentence started February 24, 2021. He was serving a four to six year sentence on a charge of strangulation out of Dodge County.

The cause of death has not yet been determined. As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), a grand jury...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-129)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

November 18, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Edgar Vidales-Ramirez #212051 left the facility tonight around 8:00 p.m.

Vidales-Ramirez started his sentence on June 29, 2020. He was sentenced to three years and four months on charges out of Douglas County that include assault by strangulation, child abuse and escape. He has a tentative release date of December 18, 2021.

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