Fresh fruit has been removed from the menu at Tecumseh. Other foodstuffs used to make alcohol are being restricted in wake of the review.
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services reports the disturbance in early March began after officers found a large quantity of homemade alcohol and confiscated it. Officials report approximately 150 pounds of homemade alcohol was found in three 3-cubic-foot foot lockers.
The confiscation of the alcohol combined with an allegation that an officer had assaulted an inmate triggered the disturbance. About 60 prisoners set fires and damaged the housing unit after threatened staff members assessed they were outmanned and retreated from the 64-bed housing unit.
Two inmates, 31-year-old Michael Galindo and 39-year-old Damon Fitzgerald, were killed by fellow inmates.
Corrections officials have released an action plan devised after a team from the National Institute of Corrections reviewed the March 2nd disturbance at Tecumseh.
Aside from removing the means to make alcohol, other steps are being taken such as the creation of a closed management unit which will greatly restrict movement of inmates determined to be more dangerous than most. Penalties have also been increased for inmates caught making homemade alcohol.
“The National Institute of Corrections is an invaluable resource to state corrections departments. I appreciate the work of consultants, James Upchurch and Joan Palmateer, and the assistance of NIC staff, Ron Taylor and Wayne Hill,” State Corrections Director Scott Frakes said in a written statement released by the department. “The observations and recommendations from these experienced corrections professionals will aid us in making improvements to security within the facility.”