NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-80)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

July 6, 2021 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – An inmate assaulted a staff member at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) today, resulting in a serious injury*.

The staff member was making sure a door was secured when the inmate, who lives in a cell room nearby, punched the staff member repeatedly and used his knee to strike the staff member in the torso. The assault ceased and the inmate was restrained by responding staff members. The staff member was evaluated and...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-79)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 28, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Scott R. Frakes, director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has declared a staffing emergency at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) and the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC), here in Lincoln. The process to implement a 12-hour operational pattern in those facilities will begin today.

To gain the greatest efficiencies, the two facilities will operate under a combined roster. “Normally, each facility operates...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-78)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 23, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Ashley Bratic, (24), a corporal at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) was arrested by the Nebraska State Patrol today for unauthorized communication with a prisoner (Neb. Rev. Stat. §83-417).

Bratic has been employed by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since June 1, 2020. This is the only facility where she has worked. Bratic resigned her position with the agency.

Unauthorized communication with a...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-77)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 23, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – An inmate who went missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L) on June 7, 2021 has been returned to the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Mia Montes #392262 was booked into the Lancaster County jail on June 18, 2021, prior to her return to NDCS.

Montes started her sentence on November 27, 2019. She was sentenced to four to eight years on charges out of Fillmore County that include...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-76)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 7, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Mia Montes #392262 left her place of employment in the community today, but she did not return to the facility. The electronic monitoring device she was wearing had been removed and was later found on the side of the road.

Montes started her sentence on November 27, 2019. She was sentenced to four to eight years on charges out of...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-75)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 6, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – An inmate who was reported missing on June 3, 2021 has returned to the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Ronald Sowards #88157 came back to the Community Correctional Center-Lincoln (CCC-L) on June 5, 2021.

Sowards started his sentence on August 20, 2018. He was sentenced to eight to 12 years for burglary in Lancaster County as well as burglary and possession/receiving a stolen firearm in Saunders County....Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-74)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 3, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Staff members noted that the electronic monitoring device worn by Ronald Sowards #88157 indicated no movement for several hours today while he was in the community. Attempts to locate him were not successful. Sowards later contacted the facility indicating that he was on his way back. He did not return.

Sowards started his sentence on...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-73)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 2, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is moving forward on a number of projects in response to legislative action taken during the session.

NDCS is proceeding with the search for a consultant who will draft documents to guide construction of 96 additional beds at the soon-to-be-combined Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) and Diagnostic Evaluation Center (DEC). The beds will be designated for mental health, older incarcerated...Read more

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