NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-17)

CONTACT Kimberly McGill, Public Information Officer, Nebraska State Penitentiary

OFFICE 402-479-3227 | kimberly.mcgill@nebraska.gov

May 1, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Larry Holladay (77), inmate #63563, died at 6:20 pm on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in the skilled nursing facility at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. Holladay was serving 40 to 60 years for first degree sexual assault, attempted first degree sexual assault and three counts of sexual assault on a child, all from Sheridan County. His sentence also included first degree sexual assault on a child and sexual assault on a...Read more

Metro staff and students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-16)

CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

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

Seventy students participated in the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Completion Ceremony at Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) on Monday morning.

“It’s because people outside of these walls cared enough about us to put this in motion,” said Ivan Kenyon, a student now participating in work release at Community Corrections Center-Omaha and the only member of his family to go to college.

One of the people to put such change in motion is former Nebraska State...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-12)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

April 17, 2017 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – At approximately 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2017, Terry Berry, inmate #83145, was unresponsive in his cell. Staff members were alerted to his condition by Berry’s cellmate. Berry was not breathing and responding staff members immediately began CPR. Berry was transported to Johnson County Hospital and then to Bryan West in Lincoln. The details of the events leading to his being unresponsive are under investigation....Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-13)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

April 17, 2017 (Tecumseh, Neb.) – The Tecumseh State Correctional Institution received notification today from the Johnson County coroner that at approximately 2:00 p.m. today, medical staff at Bryan West would begin the process to remove Terry Berry #83145 from life support. According to the coroner, the actual date of death will be noted on the death certificate as Monday, April 17, 2017, when doctors declared him legally brain dead.

Any decision regarding removal of...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-11)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

April 17, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Joe Rodriquez (65), inmate #39088 died on April 16, 2017 at approximately 11:55 p.m. at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

He was serving a life sentence for two counts of 1st degree murder from Hall County. His sentence began on September 12, 1988.

While the cause of death has not been determined, Mr. Rodriquez was being treated for a long-term medical condition. As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-10)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

March 15, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Inmates in housing unit 2B at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) assaulted four staff members today at approximately 1 p.m. Two of the staff members required outside medical attention.

As a result of the incident on March 2nd, housing unit 2AB was on modified operations. Immediately prior to the assaults today, four inmates had been allowed out of their cells; some for the purpose of cleaning after their cells had been...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-09)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

March 10, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Director Scott R. Frakes announced today several leadership changes at Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) facilities. Rich Cruickshank, warden of the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) and Brigade Command Sergeant Major of the Nebraska Army National Guard has been called back to service and will be on deployment for approximately one year.

As an employer, NDCS is committed to hiring and supporting current and former...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (17-08)

CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

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

March 3, 2017 (Lincoln, NE) – Director Scott R. Frakes, joined by Senator Laura Ebke, Director Scott R. Frakes delivered the following statement during a media briefing today.

The events at TSCI yesterday were serious and horrific. I will not minimize the incident. When the word “riot” is used it conjures images of a facility in chaos. TSCI was not in chaos yesterday. A group of inmates in one half of a housing unit refused to follow the lawful orders of staff and then...Read more

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