NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-22)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

May 7, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Diane Sabatka-Rine, chief of operations, announced multiple leadership changes at Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) facilities.

Rich Cruickshank, previously warden at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP), will become the new warden for the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). Cruickshank, who is Brigade Command Sergeant Major of the Nebraska Army National Guard, is returning to NDCS following a deployment that started in...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-21)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

May 3, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) -- Governor Pete Ricketts has issued two separate proclamations honoring teammates within the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. May 5 – 11, 2019 marks Nebraska Correctional Officers and Teammates week as well as Nebraska Correctional Nurses week.

The nation has honored correctional officers and employees since May 5, 1984, when President Ronald Reagan issued a national proclamation to recognize those individuals who are, “essential to the day-to-day...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-20)

CONTACT Rachel Fitzler, Communications Manager OFFICE 402-479-5799 | rachel.fitzler@nebraska.gov

May 2, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.)— A road crew from the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln (CCC-L) recently wrapped up their flood relief efforts at the Nebraska National Guard training site at Camp Ashland. No strangers to hard work, crew members were confronted with an especially difficult challenge when they arrived at the gates more than a month ago.

When Corporal David Colling, of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) and his group first arrived, they were...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-19)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

May 1, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) -- Dominique Moody (27), #84387 was arrested by the Fugitive Task Force on April 30, 2019 at a residence in Lincoln, Neb.

Moody was placed on escape status from Community Corrections Center–Lincoln (CCC-L) on February 17, 2019. He is serving a six to nine year sentence for burglary. His parole eligibility date was scheduled in August 2019.

Moody was arraigned today on a charge of escape. He will be returned to the custody of the Nebraska Department of...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-18)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 22, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – Job seekers have the opportunity to cash in as new recruits at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Director Scott R. Frakes has announced several programs aimed at boosting recruitment and retaining teammates.

“These programs are aimed not only at attracting new talent, but also showing appreciation for those individuals who have moved up the ranks to take on supervisory responsibilities,” noted...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-17)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 15, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – Whitney Hopkins (58), #88807, died shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Bryan Medical Center -- West. Hopkins was assigned to the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) and was moved to the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) on April 10. He was taken by state vehicle to the hospital this morning due to a medical issue.

Hopkins was serving a nine year sentence for charges in Gage County. He was convicted of...Read more

NDCS Medical Director Dr. Harbans Deol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-16) CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS execs appointed to national corrections association committees

April 10, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – 10, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) -- Two executive team members in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) have been appointed to serve leadership positions in the American Correctional Association (ACA). The ACA, founded in 1870, is the largest and oldest corrections association in the world, responsible for establishing standards and auditing of accredited correctional agencies.

Dr...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-15) CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

Staff member assaulted at TSCI​

April 8, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – An inmate at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) assaulted a staff member on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Around 1:40 p.m. the inmate exited his cell when his door was opened by mistake. The inmate hit the staff member in the head and torso with his fists. That staff member was able to help subdue the inmate, along with several other officers who came to assist. One staff member deployed two short bursts of oleoresin...Read more

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