Questions remain about why Nikko Jenkins was released from prison after promising to kill when he got out.
Nikko Jenkins has been convicted of killing four in Omaha upon his release from prison, though he requested mental health treatment.
Deputy Corrections Director Larry Wayne has told a special legislative committee it’s heartbreaking to think he could have done something to stop the murders.
“I have considered that many times. What could have been done differently or better? By me, not by anyone else, by me,” Wayne says.
Wayne says he should have asked more questions of those who concluded that Jenkins wasn’t mentally ill, but was claiming mental illness in an attempt to manipulate the Department of Correctional Services.
Jenkins had threatened to kill if released from prison. He requested mental health treatment at the Lincoln Regional Center.
Fear of Jenkins ran through Corrections, according to Assistant Ombudsman Jerall Moreland.
“We are aware of many in Corrections that were afraid of Jenkins,” Moreland tells legislators. “They were aware of his bizarre behavior.”
Moreland says he wanted Jenkins civilly committed, rather than release last summer. And Moreland adds the Jenkins case needs to cause the state to consider the effectiveness of solitary confinement. The bizarre and threatening behavior of Jenkins landed him in solitary for three-and-a-half years. Moreland points out inmates in solitary do not receive any mental health programming.
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