Update: Nebraska State Penitentiary Lockdown Continues | Visits Cancelled

By: 10/11 News
By: 10/11 News

The Nebraska State Penitentiary remains in lockdown status Tuesday nights. As such, officials say inmate visiting will be cancelled for Wednesday.

Security was tightened at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln Monday night when 33 inmates refused to return to their cells after the evening meal.

According to the spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, Dawn-Renee Smith, the facility was placed in a modified lockdown.

Smith says there were no injuries or major damage in the protest, aside from some fires in trash cans that were extinguished. Some inmates were moved to other locations because of the smoke.

Smith says prison staff members are investigating the fires. The inmates who protested were not violent, and were all secured Monday night.

Officials say inmates have been unhappy with a scheduled yard system that replaced the open yards, prompting the incident.

"The implementation of the scheduled yards and this restricted movement has resulted in a significant reduction in incidents involving multiple inmates," Smith said. "The scheduled yard system has provided for safer, more orderly management of NDCS facilities."

All inmates involved were reportedly contained in a secure perimeter of the facility and there were no injuries or incidents of violence.

"All inmates are contained within the secure perimeter of the facility and there is no threat to public safety," Smith said.

Smith says lockdown status will be assessed daily to determine if it will continue an when visits will resume.

As of Thursday, December 5th and following, friends, family, clergy, attorneys and others are encouraged to call ahead (402-471-3161) before going to the Penitentiary to ensure inmate visiting has resumed.

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