State Corrections officials have placed the Lincoln Correctional Center on lockdown after inmates refused to return to their cells and attacked personnel at the prison.
In all, nine staff members have sought medical treatment. Six were taken to a hospital by Lincoln emergency crews. Three others were taken to the hospital by private vehicles. None of the injuries are considered serious, though there was a report over the emergency scanner that a staff member lost consciousness.
The confrontation began around 6:30 Wednesday evening. According to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, inmates refused to return to their housing units. Several inmates attacked guards. It took a special riot unit to subdue the inmates and restore order at the prison.
All inmates have been secured in their cells, according to NDCS, and the prison has been placed in lockdown.
LCC has experienced unrest of late. This marks the third time in the past two weeks that prison guards have sought medical treatment after being assaulted by inmates. In June, two inmates escaped LCC by hiding in a laundry cart. The two have been recaptured and incarcerated elsewhere in the prison system.
LCC has a designed capacity of just over 300 inmates. At present, it houses around 500.
LCC Warden Mario Peart retired on July 1st. He has been replaced by Fred Britten, formerly warden of the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center, located next door in Lincoln.