NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

August 12, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) Scott R. Frakes announced that an inmate in his 50s died today at a hospital in Lincoln. The inmate tested positive for COVID-19 prior to his hospitalization. In addition to the coronavirus, he also had underlying medical conditions.

For the privacy of the family as well as to maintain the confidentiality of the man’s medical records in accordance with state law, NDCS is not...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

August 12, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Melvin Grimes #210461 left the facility shortly after 10 a.m. this morning.

Grimes started his sentence on March 15, 2021. He was sentenced to two years for multiple counts of shoplifting out of Douglas County. Grimes has a tentative release date of December 10, 2021. He is a 54-year old black man, 6’, 240 lbs., with black hair and brown...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

August 12, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Searches are planned at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) following an altercation at the facility this morning involving multiple inmates. Three inmates went to the hospital to be medically evaluated. One was treated for serious injuries* to his face. A fourth inmate was treated at LCC by medical providers, also for serious injuries.

The incident started shortly before 10:30 a.m. in one of the housing units. Several inmates started throwing...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

August 6, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Lucas Hoffman #211853 did not return to the facility this evening following his work assignment in the community.

Hoffman started his sentence on October 6, 2020. He was sentenced to three years for refusing a chemical test (3rd offense) out of Lancaster County and violation of probation. Hoffman has a tentative release date of...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

July 20, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), Scott R. Frakes announced two executive-level staff appointments.

Shaun Settles has been promoted warden of the Community Corrections Center – Omaha (CCC-O). His position is effective August 2, 2021.

Settles began his career in 1993 as an officer at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC). As he continued to promote through the ranks, Settles has worked at the...Read more

NDCS Director Scott R. Frakes

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 14, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Three graduates from the newest class of recruits with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are trailblazers of a sort. They are the first to complete the agency’s Staff Training Academy (STA) as part of the Corrections Workforce Development Pathways (CWDP) partnership between NDCS and Peru State College. The program provides $15,000 in tuition and a stipend annually to students who choose a career in criminal justice. While completing...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 9, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Ruby Bingham #392632 left her assigned work location in downtown Lincoln this afternoon. She was seen on video getting into a vehicle with two other individuals which drove away from the vicinity of the State Capitol.

Bingham started her sentence on April 20, 2021. She was sentenced to three years for possession of methamphetamine...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

July 7, 2021 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – John Zalme #31008, age 74, died this morning at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). His sentence started January 27, 1977. Zalme was serving a sentence of 130 to 229 years for charges out of Lancaster County that included first degree assault, using a knife to commit a felony, assault with the intent to inflict bodily injury and stabbing with the intent to kill, wound or maim. He was also given a one year sentence for third degree assault...Read more

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