Operations at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln have returned to normal after a weekend incident in which one staff member was assaulted and two others injured when they came to his aid.
Inmates also started a fire in a housing unit at DEC.
The Department of Correctional Service placed DEC in modified operations status. No visitors were allowed at the center Saturday or Sunday. Visits also were cancelled at the Lincoln Correctional Center, because staff had to house inmates from the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center and had to assist at DEC with cleanup.
The disturbance at DEC began at around 7:30pm Friday. Guards regained control of the unit at around 9:15pm. The department reports the Fire Marshal assessed and cleared the housing unit by about 2 o’clock Saturday morning. No dollar amount to the damage has been calculated.
Thirty-nine inmates live in the housing unit. The department reports 16 were directly involved.
The staff member initially injured was treated and released at a local hospital. A second staff member was also treated and released. The third staff members did not seek medical treatment.
The Department of Correctional Services reports the affected unit houses individuals with multiple adult felony incarcerations, who have violated parole, who are typically violent, aggressive and/or predatory.
“The actions taken by these individuals put themselves and others in danger; thankfully there were no serious injuries,” State Corrections Dir. Scott Frakes said in a written statement released by the department. “The response by NDCS staff, with support from Lincoln Fire and Rescue and the Nebraska State Patrol led to a quick resolution of the incident. Corrections staff willingly put themselves in harm’s way and once again they demonstrated their commitment to public safety.”