A report released by the Office of the Inspector General lays out the staffing situation in Nebraska's Department of Correctional Services: it has been bad for years, and it has gotten more dire.
The man had been sentenced for possession of child pornography in Box Butte County.
Four state officials pledged to provide the Crime and Justice Institute with access to data, establish a task force and use that group’s findings to prepare for legislative and administrative actions.
One union official said that higher wages, not temporary bonuses, are the answer to staffing shortages that he described as the worst ever at facilities such as the Tecumseh State Prison.
"This is something Aubrey Trail has done over and over and over again to women," defense attorney Todd Lancaster said.
Ashley Bractic, a corporal at the facility since June 2020, was arrested by the Nebraska State Patrol and resigned from her position with the department.
Alice Mitwaruciu, who is a Black woman from Kenya, also is alleging she faced racial discrimination while working for the prisons.
"As Nebraska has never had a woman sentenced to the death penalty, such a policy has not been necessary," Scott Frakes said in a letter to the top prosecutor in Bailey Boswell's first-degree murder case.
Nebraska prison officials are moving forward with planning for two construction projects, as well as an update of the agency's master plan.
"The bottom line is this: Our clients were simply asking for the ability to marry. Marriage is a fundamental right, including for Nebraskans who are incarcerated,” said Danielle Conrad, executive director of the ACLU of Nebraska.
“This is a huge step forward and one that is sure to be welcomed by staff members as well as inmates,” Prisons Director Scott Frakes said.
The policy change affects about 800 of the more than 5,300 inmates in state prisons.
The state had refused the inmate's request, prompting the woman — identified as "Jane Roe" — to file a federal civil rights lawsuit on Friday.
A Nebraska prison inmate has sued the state, saying that her right to obtain an abortion has been unconstitutionally blocked by prison officials and that she needs the procedure by next week.
Despite recent salary increases, the state corrections union says pay for Nebraska prison guards still lags behind that of county jails, which are luring away too many state employees.
“This building will not increase the number of inmates that we accommodate at the penitentiary, but it will allow us to free up space in other housing units,” Corrections Director Scott Frakes said.
The inmate visitation program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women will be suspended.
Nebraska Medical Center received 3000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday morning.
"With the data that we have analyzed so far, we know what disparities exist and to what degree, but don’t yet have those answers of why," a researcher said.
Two more staff members at the penitentiary tested positive Wednesday for the virus, bringing the total staff with the virus at the prison to 74 since April 4.
The Department of Correctional Services also has made improvements in some areas, including decreasing turnover and overtime, and the numbers of inmates in restrictive housing, according to Inspector General for Corrections Doug Koebernick.
Diagnostic and Evaluation Center put under quarantine while Nebraska State Penitentiary quarantine lifted.
Organizers want to see the Art from the Inside prisoner project expand.