NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts unveiled a new website to help connect more Nebraskans with opportunities to request and provide relief. The website can be viewed at http://www.nebraska.gov/nebraska-strong/ .

“Nebraska’s response to the flooding has been incredible as neighbors have been stepping up to help one another,” said Governor Ricketts. “We are working to bring new resources online on a daily basis as we start the long road to recovery. Together, we will rebuild and keep our communities strong and growing.”

On the website,...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-08)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

March 5, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center-Omaha (CCC-O). Katara Smith #68526 was discovered missing shortly before 6:00 p.m. tonight.

CCC-O is one of two community custody facilities operated by NDCS. Community custody is the lowest custody level and the least restrictive facility. Inmates are allowed to participate in work opportunities, attend school and religious services...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-07)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

March 5, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) -- Steven Braesch, (46), inmate #81255, died on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Bryan Hospital West. He was assigned to the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC).

Shortly before 9:30 a.m. on March 4, Braesch was found unresponsive in his cell from an apparent suicide attempt. Staff members immediately initiated CPR. Braesch was transported to the hospital by emergency responders.

Braesch was serving a life...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-06)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

February 19, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced he is seeking two mental health professionals to fill open positions in the agency’s Long Term Restrictive Housing Work Group. Each individual will be appointed by Governor Ricketts to serve a three year term.

Members of the group provide advice related to the policies and procedures surrounding the proper treatment and care of offenders in long-...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-04)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

February 8, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Scott R. Frakes says measures are being taken to address heating issues at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) in York.

“Frigid temperatures outside have certainly had an impact and some of the systems used to maintain consistent heat throughout that facility are not able to keep up with the demand.”

None of the current issues are affecting areas where the women are housed. Some of...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-03)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

February 8, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) Today, Scott R. Frakes announced the arrest of inmate Anthony Gafford (#52277) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gafford was placed on escape status January 26, 2019, when he failed to return to the Community Correction Center-Lincoln (CCC-L) following a work assignment.

The U.S. Marshals Service apprehended Gafford (#52277) on February 7, 2019 after receiving information from the U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force in Nebraska...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-02)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

January 29, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) An inmate who did not return to the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln (CCC-L) following a work assignment remains missing. Anthony Gafford (#52277) was placed on escape status shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019. He has been housed at CCC-L since May 2018 and was scheduled for an upcoming parole hearing in April.

Gafford was sentenced 30 to 50 years for 2nd degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (19-02)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

January 14, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes released the 2018 Strategic Plan Progress Report for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). The report summarizes the accomplishments achieved in the final fiscal year of the agency’s 2015-2018 strategic plan.

The structure of the report includes a number of outcomes, by which the agency has measured progress in the following five areas: reentry and rehabilitation,...Read more

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