Legislature OK’s another special committee to investigate state prisons

Maybe the third time’s the charm? From the Omaha World-Herald: LINCOLN — The Nebraska Legislature will continue its extra scrutiny of the state’s corrections system. On a 28-11 vote Thursday, lawmakers approved formation of the Nebraska Justice System Special Oversight Committee. It is the third special committee formed by the Legislature since 2014 to lookContinue reading “Legislature OK’s another special committee to investigate state prisons”

Inmates’ deaths ruled homicides

Nebraska prison officials say the deaths of two inmates during a March 2 riot at the Tecumseh state prison were homicides.  From the Lincoln Journal-Star report: Damon Fitzgerald and Michael Galindo both had multiple sharp and blunt force injuries, according to a press release from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith saidContinue reading “Inmates’ deaths ruled homicides”

Family of inmate killed in Tecumseh prison riot sues state

The family of one of two inmates killed in a riot at the Tecumseh state prison in 2015 has filed a lawsuit against the state. The family of Shon Collins filed the lawsuit in Lancaster County District Court. They say the prison was under-staffed and guards failed to protect Collins and another inmate who wasContinue reading “Family of inmate killed in Tecumseh prison riot sues state”