NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

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CONTACT Dayne Urbanovsky, Director of Strategic Communications

OFFICE 402-479-5799 | dayne.urbanovsky@nebraska.gov

December 30, 2023 (Lincoln, Neb.) – An inmate at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) assaulted a staff member on Saturday, December 30, 2023, resulting in a serious* injury.

The assault occurred when an inmate was exiting the shower and punched a staff member in the side of the head with a closed fist, knocking the staff member to the ground. Responding staff members removed the inmate from the area. The staff member was treated at the hospital for a...Read more

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CONTACT Dayne Urbanovsky, Director of Strategic Communications

OFFICE 402-479-5799 | dayne.urbanovsky@nebraska.gov

December 15, 2023 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Thomas Nesbitt #36998, age 77, died December 13, 2023, at the Reception and Treatment Center (RTC). Michael Pendell #80445, age 69, died December 14, 2023, at RTC.

Nesbitt’s sentence began on April 17, 1986. He was serving a life sentence for first degree murder out of Douglas County.

Pendell’s sentence began on June 25, 2014. He was serving 25 to 50 years for first degree sexual assault of a child out of Gage...Read more

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CONTACT Dayne Urbanovsky, Director of Strategic Communications

OFFICE 402-479-5799 | dayne.urbanovsky@nebraska.gov

December 13, 2023 (Lincoln, Neb.) – An inmate who went missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L) is back in custody. Ian Eastman #215514 was arrested by the Lincoln Police Department today and is being held at the Lancaster County Jail.

Eastman disappeared on September 6, 2023, when he left his place of employment and did not return to the facility. He started his sentence on September 14, 2022. He was sentenced to zero to 42 months...Read more

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CONTACT Dayne Urbanovsky, Director of Strategic Communications

OFFICE 402-479-5799 | dayne.urbanovsky@nebraska.gov

December 8, 2023 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Edward Poindexter #27767, age 79, died December 7, 2023, at the Reception and Treatment Center (RTC).

Poindexter’s sentence began on April 17, 1971. He was serving a life sentence for first degree murder out of Douglas County.

While the cause of death has not yet been determined, Poindexter was being treated for a medical condition. As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Nebraska Department...Read more

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CONTACT Dayne Urbanovsky, Director of Strategic Communications

OFFICE 402-479-5799 | dayne.urbanovsky@nebraska.gov

December 5, 2023 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Leonard Svitak #29449, age 85, died December 4, 2023, at a Lincoln hospital. He was incarcerated at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP).

Svitak’s sentence began on September 20, 1974. He was serving a 10 year to life sentence for second degree murder out of Lancaster County.

While the cause of death has not yet been determined, Svitak was being treated for a medical condition. As is the case whenever an inmate...Read more

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CONTACT Dayne Urbanovsky, Director of Strategic Communications

OFFICE 402-479-5799 | dayne.urbanovsky@nebraska.gov

November 20, 2023 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has launched a new phase of evidence-based programming aimed at providing strengths-based reentry support services to incarcerated individuals, using both staff and peer-led delivery. Reentry programs are designed to help individuals in their transition from incarceration back to the community.

“Successful reentry preparation is about providing the right tools and...Read more

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CONTACT Dayne Urbanovsky, Director of Strategic Communications

OFFICE 402-479-5799 | dayne.urbanovsky@nebraska.gov

October 30, 2023 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Rob Jeffreys announced the appointment of Jerry Lee Lovelace Jr., M.D., Ph.D., as medical director for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Dr. Lovelace will oversee the Health Services division, which includes medical, dental, psychiatry and behavioral health. His appointment goes into effect October 30, 2023.

“Dr. Lovelace is an innovative leader who has a proven record of working...Read more

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CONTACT Dayne Urbanovsky, Director of Strategic Communications

OFFICE 402-479-5799 | dayne.urbanovsky@nebraska.gov

October 24, 2023 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Carl Christian #216644, age 51, died Monday, October 23, 2023, at a Lincoln hospital. He was incarcerated at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP).

Christian’s sentence began on May 2, 2023. He was serving a 10 to 15 year sentence out of Douglas County for possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.

As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional...Read more

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