NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-46)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

Enhanced staff screenings launched at NDCS buildings

March 31, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) Staff members with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are undergoing an enhanced screening process in order to be admitted within the agency’s facilities and office buildings. The screen consists of answering a set of questions concerning exposure to someone with COVID-19, recent travel by plane and a list of related symptoms.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-44)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

Inmate dies at state penitentiary

March 27, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – John Funaro #83207, age 63, died just after 11:00 a.m. on March 27, 2020 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). His sentence started on August 1, 2016. Funaro was serving a 15- to 20-year sentence for charges out of Webster and Buffalo counties that included multiple counts for theft and burglary.

The manner of death is suspected to be natural causes...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-45)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

TSCI staff members injured in assault

March 29, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – An inmate assaulted two staff members at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) on March 28, 2020. Both staff members sustained serious* injuries.

The inmate was engaged in behavior in violation of housing unit rules. After being directed to stop multiple times by the first staff member, the inmate approached and punched him several times in the head and...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-43)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

CSI to begin production of hand sanitizer, gowns and masks

March 23, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – In an effort to meet some of the supply needs that have arisen with the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Cornhusker State Industries (CSI)*, which operates the industry shops for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), will soon begin producing hand sanitizer for utilization by staff members and distribution to other state agencies....Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-42)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

TSCI staff members injured in assault

March 22, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Two inmates assaulted four staff members at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) on the morning of March 21, 2020. One of the staff members sustained a serious* injury.

The incident began when one inmate refused a cell search and appeared to be disposing of homemade alcohol in a toilet. When he physically refused to let staff members into his cell, they...Read more

Nebraska Board of Parole COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update:

Modified Procedures

Pursuant to the State of Emergency declared by the President of the United States and the Governor of the State of Nebraska, and also in light of the indefinite suspension of visitation at and within the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, please be advised of the following modified parole hearing procedures:

1. Parole hearings will continue to take place without the physical presence of the public. All parole hearings are recorded and can be requested pursuant to the public records statutes.

2. Individuals...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-40)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

NDCS suspends inmate visitation amid COVID-19

March 16, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) -- Visitation with inmates housed in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has been suspended indefinitely amid concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). NDCS Director Scott. R. Frakes said the decision comes at the right time for limiting the spread of the illness across the agency’s 10 facilities.

“While there is no way to keep it...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-41)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

Request for information concerning state prison facility publically released

March 16, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) launched a request for information pertaining to the design, construction, and financing for a new state prison facility. The request for information (RFI) has been posted on the Nebraska State Purchasing Bureau website (http://das.nebraska.gov/materiel/purchasing/RFI%203016/...Read more

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