NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-13)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

April 28, 2018 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – Adrian Eagle Elk (29), inmate #64741, died on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Johnson County Hospital. He was assigned to the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.

At approximately 7:00 a.m., staff members observed Eagle Elk unresponsive in his cell from an apparent suicide attempt. They immediately initiated CPR; Eagle Elk was transferred to the local hospital via emergency responders, where he was pronounced dead at 7:58 a.m....Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-12)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

April 10, 2018 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – Isaiah Jones (74), #33355, died today at 1:35 a.m. at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. His sentence began on Feb. 25, 1981. He was serving a life sentence for first degree murder (Douglas County).

Cause of death has not been determined; Jones was being treated for a long-term medical condition. As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, a grand jury will...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-11)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

March 20, 2018 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – Rueben Reyes (34), inmate #77306, died on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the Johnson County Hospital. He was assigned to the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., staff members observed Reyes unresponsive in his cell from an apparent suicide attempt. They immediately began CPR; Reyes was transferred to the local hospital via emergency responders, where he was pronounced dead at 3:20 p.m.

Reyes was...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-10)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

March 2, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Reentering society after years spent in prison can be a daunting task. That’s why incarcerated men at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) have teamed up to inspire, motivate and educate their peers.

The Inner Circle, started in December 2016, is comprised of eight to 12 core members who help others create working plans to lead healthier lives during their time in Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) facilities – ultimately...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-09)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

March 2, 2018 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – An inmate at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) assaulted a staff member on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

At approximately 9:20 p.m., while conducting a facility count, staff members observed the inmate on the floor in his cell. The inmate was taken to the skilled nursing facility to be admitted for observation. During this time, the inmate went limp and then began to fight the three staff members who were escorting him....Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-08)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

​February 1, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) and the Nebraska Board of Parole (Board) filed the 2018 Discharge Report (attached). The report is required, by state statute, to describe the percentage of individuals who complete their entire NDCS sentence and are released with no supervision...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-07)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

Jan. 26, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services released the application for the third Vocational & Life Skills (VLS) grant cycle.

The grant cycle begins July 2018 and runs through June 2020. The entire annual allocation of $3.5 million is available each year of the two-year grant period, subject to appropriation.

This solicitation is a...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18-06)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

Jan. 26, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) – “You generally don’t trust anybody in prison, but in this gallery there is a wealth of trust, growth and respect. You can lean on these guys here. We’re here for each other.”

This was one sentiment expressed by a resident living on the mission-specific housing gallery called the Prison Fellowship Academy at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). Mission-specific housing provides incarcerated individuals a way to create a sense of community...Read more

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