NDCS News Releases

NDCS News Releases

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 28, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – An inmate was arrested by members of the Omaha Police Department shortly after notification to authorities that he ran away from the Community Corrections Center – Omaha (CCC-O) late last night. Anthony Gonzales #88444 was booked into the Pottawattamie County jail after being taken into custody in Carter Lake, Iowa.

Gonzales was dropped off at CCC-O before midnight in a private vehicle. Staff members quickly interceded when they saw...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 27, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Targeted searches of housing units at the Nebraska State Penitentiary were conducted today by staff members from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Yesterday, an inmate assaulted a staff member at the penitentiary, resulting in a serious* injury. The inmate involved in that incident was determined to be intoxicated. Today’s search focused on confiscating contraband, including homemade alcohol, K2 and other prohibited drugs...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 27, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). Kentrell Hollins #210747 did not return to the facility from his overnight work assignment.

Hollins started his sentence on December 6, 2019. He was sentenced three to five years for aggravated driving under the influence (fifth offense) out of Douglas County. Hollins has a tentative release date of August 2, 2021 and a parole...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-55)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 25, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Patrick Russell #29333, age 64, died this morning at a Lincoln hospital. He was incarcerated at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC).

Russell’s sentence started on February 3, 2017. He was serving 110 years to 126 years for a charge of first degree murder out of Douglas County.

While the cause of death has yet to be determined, Russell was being treated for a medical condition. That condition was not related to COVID-19. As is the...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-54)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 24, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is celebrating achievements made in meeting the needs and providing key services to those who are incarcerated and preparing for release. Governor Pete Ricketts issued a proclamation marking April 26 – 30, 2021 as Reentry Week in Nebraska.

Deputy Director Dawn-Renee Smith previously served as administrator for reentry services at NDCS. “Helping people find their path to being productive...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-53)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 24, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Should the need ever arise, parole officers and others will be able to respond immediately to opioid overdoses, thanks to a collaboration between the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) and the Nebraska Board of Parole. The agencies have updated their memorandum of understanding (MOU), allowing NDCS to acquire Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, for use by staff members who work within the Division of Parole Supervision.

“...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-52)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 17, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that three staff members with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Two staff members are employed at the Central Office. One staff member is employed at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). All staff members are self-isolating at home.

Notification will be provided to those who live and work in those locations as to the...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (21-51)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

April 17, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Authorities have been notified about an inmate missing from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln (CCC-L). John Mays #212428 did not return to the facility this morning following his shift at work. Staff members went to his place of employment and retrieved the electronic monitoring device he was wearing, which had been removed.

Mays sentence started December 2, 2020. He was sentenced to three years for charges out of Douglas County...Read more

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