The state prison in Lincoln has been locked down.
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has announced the Nebraska State Penitentiary is under lockdown status.
NDCS reports inmates from a general population housing unit refused to return to their cells after eating dinner.
Inmates refused multiple directives by prison staff, according to NDCS. When a group of inmates approached staff, a warning shot was fired from the tower at the prison. Groups of inmates throughout the prison became defiant and verbally aggressive. Eventually, inmates were returned to their cells and NDCS locked down the prison.
“Facility staff regained control of the involved inmates and were able to secure the facility. At no time was the public in any danger,” said Warden Rich Cruickshank in a written statement released by NDCS. “The majority of inmates are cooperative. However, the small percentage who are not put everyone at risk.”
Prison officials had implemented measures to control inmate movement during meal times after observing that inmates had become more defiant, disobedient, and verbally threatening, especially during meal time.
“Our mission is ‘keep people safe’,” said state Corrections Director Scott Frakes said in a written statement released by NDCS. “Doing that requires controlled movement and compliance with rules. I am proud of the staff who managed the situation and pleased to note there were no injuries to staff or inmates during the incident.”
The prison remains in lockdown while the investigation continues.