The state prison at Tecumseh remains in a modified operations status following a partial lockdown Friday after staff members were threatened, officials say.

Thus, there will be no visits today to the prison, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services officials said Tuesday night. Visitors are urged to call the prison before arriving at the facility. All visits were also canceled from 5 p.m. Friday through Tuesday.

Administrators at the prison will evaluate whether the modified operations status is needed beyond today. Officials said the safety of staff members and inmates is a top priority at the prison, and a decision to return to normal operations will be made with safety in mind.

Prison officials said modified operations involve close control of inmates’ movements due to safety and security needs. The effort can include confinement in cells for some inmates, cancellation of program or work activities, and escorting certain inmates determined.

The Tecumseh prison was the scene of a riot last year that resulted in two inmate deaths and more than $2 million in damage. The facility has reported numerous disturbances since, including an assault on an officer in July.

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