Gov. Pete Ricketts again expresses support for state Corrections Director Scott Frakes, even as an investigation begins in wake of the escape of two inmates.
Inmates Armon Dixon and Timothy Clausen are back in custody. Authorities captured Dixon in Lincoln the day after the escape from the Lincoln Correctional Center on the 10th. It took five days to track down Clausen in Omaha.
Now, the investigation into what led to their escape is underway.
Ricketts says he has the utmost confidence in Frakes, who he says has put the measures in place to change the culture of the Department of Correctional Services.
“Director Frakes has been very transparent with everybody with regard to how we’re approaching changing that culture in Corrections,” Ricketts tells reporters during a news conference.
In a news conference shortly after the escape, Frakes told reporters a series of missteps by more than one staff member at LCC led directly to the escape of Dixon and Clausen in a laundry truck that left the facility.
Ricketts says it is imperative the problems which led to the escape at the Lincoln Correctional Center be addressed.
“Our job in Corrections is safety, keeping the public safe,” according to Ricketts. “What we do is very, very important and when there are breakdowns, such as we just saw, we endanger the public safety.”
An investigation into what led to the escape will be conducted by a team led by Corrections officials from Virginia.
The Virginia Corrections Director, Harold Clarke, reached out to Nebraska to offer help in the investigation. Warden Rodney Younce and Assistant Warden Anthony Scott from the Virginia Department of Corrections will lead the team, which will include six staff members from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.
Nebraska officials say the review team will look at the factors leading up to the escape, the response by staff, and overall security practices. Recommendations will be used to prevent future escapes.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]