NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-34)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

June 28, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – In the past week, a total of 27 students graduated from Alpha programs in classes at both the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) and the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI).

Alpha is a series of sessions designed to explore the Christian faith. Run worldwide, it is not specifically a prison program. Alpha network director Jodi Meyer said while the program is centered around Christianity, it does not exclude those of other faiths....Read more

Entrepreneurs In Training bond with volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-33)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

June 21, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – There was no shortage of passion during Defy Ventures’ kick-off event at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) on Tuesday, June 21.

Defy Ventures, an organization which hosts entrepreneurship, employment and character development training programs for currently and formerly incarcerated men, women and youth, opened their “CEO of Your New Life” program up to about 60 incarcerated men. Each one seemed eager to get his ideas off...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-31)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

June 19, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced the appointment of Candace Bottorf as the new Nebraska Department of Correctional Services general counsel.

She has been in the York County Attorney’s office for the past seven years. She became the deputy York county attorney in April 2010, was appointed as county attorney in February 2012 and elected in 2014.

As county attorney, she handled all employment issues for the county,...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-32)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

June 19, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Two staff members were assaulted by an inmate at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) this morning at approximately 7:30 a.m.

The inmate was agitated and staff members were escorting him to a holding cell. As they were walking the inmate struck one staff member several times in the face. The other staff member was also struck in the head before Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) was deployed. The staff members used OC spray and physical force to...Read more

MATA members weigh pop tabs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-30)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

June 15, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – One group at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) is filling totes with generosity – approximately 30 pounds of aluminum generosity.

The Mexican Awareness Through Association (MATA) club is collecting pop tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), which houses families of children receiving out-of-town medical treatment. There are 315 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, and Omaha’s chapter can house up to 20 families at...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-29)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

June 13, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) –Director Frakes is pleased to announce the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) the implementation of a new reentry strategy focused on health and wellbeing. Starting July 1, individuals releasing from NDCS who are prescribed medication, will receive a 30-day supply of the medication and a prescription for two refills that may be filled at a community pharmacy (refill cost paid by individual).This is an increase from the 14 days of...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-27)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

June 8, 2017 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – At approximately 4:15 p.m. today, inmate Dillon Martin #74954 attempted to escape custody while returning to the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) from a court appearance in Lancaster County this afternoon.

Upon return to the TSCI entrance, Martin broke open a small bag of unidentified powder which dispersed into the air. The driver stopped the van, the driver and the second staff member exited the vehicle. Martin was...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-26)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

June 8, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) provided an update on the collection of DNA samples in accordance with state statute.

In February 2017, NDCS implemented changes to the procedures to collect DNA samples and the consequences to be imposed when a sample is not provided. At the time, 78 individuals had refused to provide a sample. Since that time, however, the number of refusals has decreased and is currently 13...Read more

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