The inmate also alleges that prison officials have continually denied her treatment for her gender dysphoria.
John Wizinsky alleges that prison staff were negligent in failing to take "reasonable care" to protect him from harm, and that he had suffered frequent nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder. An attorney representing the Department of Corrections disputed that Wizinsky had suffered any permanent damage and defended the actions of state prison employees as professional and safety driven.
State prisons are holding 2,140 more inmates than they were designed to handle — about two prisons’ worth — and are at 163 percent of capacity, the second-worst overcrowding in the nation.
“It’s not down where we want it to be, but we are making progress,” the governor said Monday in comments to reporters.
Frakes has said he withheld the report because of information about gangs in state prisons. Lawmakers call on him to better explain his decision next month, once the Legislature convenes for the 2019 session.
The state corrections director says he didn’t disclose a report on a 2015 prison riot because of concerns that its revelations about organized gangs at the Tecumseh State Prison could lead to safety threats to staff, inmates and the public.
A group of state lawmakers will meet next week to discuss why a critical, taxpayer-paid report on a deadly 2015 riot at Tecumseh State Prison wasn't released until last week.
The report is more critical of the Department of Corrections than a previous study that was released to the public, and it suggests that the Tecumseh facility hold less-dangerous inmates because of its rural location and less-experienced staff.
A judge who served on a Nebraska task force exploring prison overcrowding has recused himself from presiding over a trial concerning the 2015 Mother's Day riot at the Tecumseh State Prison.
In a civil suit, John Wizinsky alleges the state failed to provide reasonable protection for inmates; the state says the prison was fully staffed and corrections officials followed proper protocol.
The family of an inmate who died during the Mother’s Day 2015 riot at the Tecumseh State Prison has filed a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to protect him and adequately staff the facility.
John Zalme, 70, was charged with assaulting corrections Sgt. Shane Sears during the initial moments of the riot on May 10, 2015.
Robert Clayborne Jr., 40, was in protective custody when inmates gained control of the prison for several hours after an attack on prison staff on May 10, 2015.
A jury has found a 60-year-old inmate guilty of assault in connection with the start of the May 10, 2015, riot at the Tecumseh State Prison.
Video shot in the yard of the Tecumseh State Prison on May 10, 2015, shows inmates milling about when, suddenly, one inmate slugs a corrections officer in the face.
Last week, Justin Busch, 24, was charged with four counts of first-degree arson in connection with four separate fires that were set during the rampage, in which inmates took control of two housing units for several hours at the medium-maximum security prison.
Ian Yelton, who turns 24 on Thursday, was sentenced Monday to 20 to 60 months in prison.
William Harris, 22, was sentenced May 16 to a year in prison after agreeing to plead no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. Harris initially had been charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony punishable by up to two years in prison.
Shon Collins, 46, was one of two men found dead inside the prison after the May 10 riot in which inmates took control of two housing units in the 960-bed facility, burning and ransacking cells.
State lawmakers, as well as a state workers union official, are expressing concerns about a rash of recent assaults of corrections staff at Nebraska prisons.
Brad Hansen’s appointment follows the resignation of Brian Gage, who stepped down Thursday morning. The resignation follows months of turmoil at the state's highest-security prison.
The guards suffered bumps and bruises and were treated and released from a hospital, said Andrew Nystrom, a spokesman for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. No injuries were reported among the inmates.
Four inmates at the Tecumseh State Prison attacked a guard Monday afternoon and two other guards who responded to the assault.
Eight months after rampaging inmates assaulted guards, killed two fellow prisoners and ransacked housing units at the Tecumseh State Prison, most of the facility’s repairs are done, but there’s still much to do.
Despite increased marketing of openings and attempts at better engaging workers in their jobs, the state prison system still has high worker turnover and large numbers of job vacancies.
Through December, the state had approved and paid $8,184.66 in claims, though several claims were still pending. None of the inmate claims, so far, have been approved.
The charges mostly involve assaults or threats against correctional officers who responded to the May 10 riot, according to a news release from the office of Attorney General Doug Peterson.
Those “corrective actions” include securing brooms and mops so they can’t be used as weapons, changing policies to ensure that warning shots serve as an immediate warning of the possible use of deadly force by prison staff, and better marksmanship training for tower officers.
The State Ombudsman’s Office, in a 48-page review of the May 10 riot, said that while it wasn’t an excuse for the violent uprising, inmates had some legitimate complaints about new restrictions on participation in prison sports leagues and holding down prized jobs in the laundry.
Employees at the Tecumseh State Prison are settling into a “new normal” five months after a deadly prison riot, a union official told state lawmakers Friday.
Two state inmates have been put in solitary confinement while authorities investigate the assault of a guard at the same prison where a fatal riot took place earlier this year.
One of six state prison workers who were honored Thursday for rescuing a fellow worker during a deadly prison riot in May said he didn’t think twice about charging into the melee.
The plan addresses, line by line, 83 recommendations made in a critical incident report issued in June by a prison security specialist from Washington state.
The prison workers' union complains that the state Corrections Department has violated the state’s labor contract by failing to negotiate the continued, 12-hour work shifts required of officers and caseworkers at the Tecumseh State Prison.
The Tecumseh prison staff has often struggled with high turnover, but even more so since the riot. While aggressive efforts have been made to fill officer positions that pay $15.49 per hour, Scott Frakes said the department won’t settle for unqualified candidates.
In letters to The World-Herald, inmates said the May 10 rampage began as a “peaceful protest” over the loss of time outside their cells and other privileges.
A small number of corrections officers at the state's highest-security prison on May 10 were “quickly outnumbered and surrounded” by defiant inmates, according to the report, which also found that the response was too slow.
Director Scott Frakes, who was hired in February, said the survey will gather a more “honest and open” perspective from employees. He said it will help him change what he perceives to be a “culture of fear” within Corrections that has left problems unaddressed and hurt the retention of employees.
The inmates, Donald Peacock and Shon Collins, died within minutes of the injuries, the death certificates indicated, after each was struck with an object.
Providing more opportunities for inmates to learn behind bars not only gives them something productive to do while serving their time but can also reduce disciplinary problems.
Johnson County Attorney Julie Smith said Wednesday that her exit should not impact the prosecution of cases stemming from the May 10 riot.
Housing Unit 2B was part of the two housing units taken over by inmates and ransacked during a riot that broke out May 10.
In county with one public defender, charges could easily swamp local office.
"You’re doing a phenomenal job managing this very difficult situation," the governor said of prison staff following a one-hour visit Tuesday. Although the facility remains on lockdown, prisoners are again getting three meals a day and some inmates are being allowed to return to prison jobs.
The two officials, as well as State Corrections Director Scott Frakes, are scheduled to give a preliminary report Thursday to a special legislative oversight committee.
State Corrections Director Scott Frakes moved Friday to reassure staff and inmates that conditions will return to normal at the riot-torn Tecumseh State Prison.
During a tour of the facility Sunday night, the senators said they were told of suspicions that the riot had been pre-planned and of concerns that the cost of the rampage may exceed $500,000.
The weekend riot at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, which left two inmates dead, was related to a lack of activity and programs for inmates at the 960-bed facility, state senators were told Thursday.
The 1,000-inmate prison remains on lockdown except for a small number of “well-behaved” inmates who are assisting staff members with food service, laundry and janitorial work, a corrections spokesman said.
Corrections Director Scott Frakes said inmates were being moved to other cells while repairs are underway to sprinkler systems, surveillance cameras, walls and windows damaged during a 10-hour takeover of two of the four housing units at the 960-bed prison that began Sunday.
Corrections director offers rough sketch of a "very difficult 24 hours."
State officials were seeking answers Monday after the state’s worst prison riot in recent memory, with one state senator calling for another investigation by the Legislature into problems in the state corrections system.