NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-74)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 3, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Staff members noted that the electronic monitoring device worn by Ronald Sowards #88157 indicated no movement for several hours today while he was in the community. Attempts to locate him were not successful. Sowards later contacted the facility indicating that he was on his way back. He did not return.

Sowards started his sentence on...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-73)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 2, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is moving forward on a number of projects in response to legislative action taken during the session.

NDCS is proceeding with the search for a consultant who will draft documents to guide construction of 96 additional beds at the soon-to-be-combined Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) and Diagnostic Evaluation Center (DEC). The beds will be designated for mental health, older incarcerated...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-72)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 1, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – A missing inmate has turned himself in. Patrick Carey #86000 returned to the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L) this afternoon, one day after failing to return to the facility from work. Carey was reported missing to authorities yesterday. He has been admitted back to the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS).

Carey started his sentence on June 27, 2017. He was sentenced 10 years to 17 years for...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-71)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

June 1, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Patrick Carey #86000 left his assigned work location on Monday, May 31, 2021 and did not return to the facility following his shift. The electronic monitoring device he had been wearing was found inside a toolbox at the work site.

Carey started his sentence on June 27, 2017. He was sentenced 10 years to 17 years for charges out of...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-70)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

May 25, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Michelle Dicini, (38), a corporal at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) was arrested by the Nebraska State Patrol today for unauthorized communication with a prisoner (Neb. Rev. Stat. §83-417) and sexual abuse of an inmate (Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-322.01). Both are felony offenses.

Dicini has been employed by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) since April 15, 2019. This is the only facility where she has worked. Dicini...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-69)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

May 22, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Michael Kirchhoff #82788, age 58, died today at a Lincoln hospital. He was incarcerated at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP).

Kirchhoff’s sentence stared on September 18, 2015. He was serving a 10- to 12-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) out of Lancaster County.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Nebraska Department of...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-68)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

May 21, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – An inmate who failed to return to the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L) following his job assignment has been arrested in Plymouth, Nebraska. Authorities took Armando Lerma #211543 into custody yesterday and booked him into the Lancaster County jail.

Lerma went missing on May 12, 2021. He started his sentence on May 20, 2020. Lerma was sentenced to three years for drug related charges out of Gage County (marijuana and...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-67)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

May 17, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that a staff member with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). That person is employed at the Central Office. The staff member is self-isolating at home.

Notification will be provided to those who work in that location as to the positive case. In addition, anyone who may have had close contact with the staff member will be directed to self...Read more

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