NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-25)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

June 7, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Daelan Lamere (22), 79082, died on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Bryan West in Lincoln.

Staff at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution were alerted to Lamere’s cell on May 27, 2017, where he was unresponsive and having difficulty breathing. He was taken to Johnson County Hospital via rescue squad; he was later transferred to West where he remained until his death on Tuesday.

Mr. Lamere was sentenced 6 to 11 years in Douglas...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-24)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

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

June 2, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) announced that the agency will manage medical services at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) starting July 24, 2017. Correct Care Solutions (CCS), the contract provider for medical services at TSCI, recently sent a 60-day notice of contract termination to NDCS.

“The agency is prepared to manage medical services in-house at TSCI, and is working on a long-term plan to...Read more

Veterans Service Group members and staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-23)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

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

June 1, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb). – The Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) is giving incarcerated veterans a second chance for success.

The Veteran’s Service Group (VSG) housing gallery can house up to 40 maximum/medium custody individuals from all branches of military service. There are currently 39 veterans in the unit.

“It’s not just a place to serve time,” Case Manager and Navy veteran Caleb Larson explained. “We want people to be actively participating and role...Read more

Inner Circle Graduates at LCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-22)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

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

May 30, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The Inner Circle pilot program is off to a great start at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC).

The Inner Circle is a forum where incarcerated individuals meet to discuss their reentry needs and have the opportunity to learn about reentry resources available within the facilities and in the community. The forum, which is facilitated by staff, encourages individuals to develop their reentry plans and learn about housing, employment/...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-21)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

May 25, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes released the action plan related to the critical incident review of the March 2, 2017, incident and deaths at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). The action plan addresses the recommendations made by the team, consisting of National Institute of Corrections (NIC) consultants from Florida and Oregon.

Consultants and NIC staff were on-site March 20-24, 2017 to conduct the review and brief NDCS...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-20)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

May 10, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, NDCS received confirmation the official causes of death for Michael Galindo and Damon Fitzgerald have been determined.

Galindo’s death certificate lists “inhalation of combustion products” with contributing causes of “multiple sharp and blunt force injuries.”

Fitzgerald’s death certificate lists “multiple sharp and blunt force injuries to head and torso” with contributing factors of “thermal injury and external compression...Read more

Graduates celebrate at NSP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-19)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

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

May 2, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The gymnasium at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) was bustling with energy, enthusiasm and new ideas on Thursday.

Defy Ventures, a nonprofit organization that aims to transform the lives of business leaders and individuals with criminal records, held their graduation ceremony honoring 26 graduates. These graduates, also known as Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs), are given the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to local business...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-18)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

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

May 2, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services’ (NDCS) reentry program is making big strides to help individuals find jobs after incarceration.

Twenty NDCS employees recently attended the Workforce Train-the-Trainer program, a partnership with the Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL). The employees – ranging from corporals to teachers to case workers to reentry specialists – learned how to assist individuals with navigating the work world...Read more

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