A new report by the Nebraska Ombudsman’s office regarding the case of accused murderer Nikko Jenkins indicates that the Department of Corrections could have done more to provide mental health treatment.
Jenkins was released from prison in July and prosecutors say within weeks he killed four people in Omaha.
Ombudsman Marshal Lux says it appears that Jenkins was identified as a dangerous and troubled inmate and was put in isolation for the last two years of his sentence. However, those in isolation are not permitted to take part in mental health programs that Lux says may have helped.
Lux says the Department of Corrections also failed when one psychiatrist determined that Jenkins was mentally ill and did not refer his case to a county attorney for commitment to the Regional Center.
The Department of Corrections released a statement that it disagreed with the Ombudsman’s office report but would not comment further do to pending legal issues.