Nebraska’s correction officials are coming under fire from several lawmakers for withholding a report that suggests the state was largely at fault for the 2015 Mother’s day riot at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.
State Senator Laura Ebke of Crete is Chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee, and says news of the report just being released now is especially frustrating because lawmakers had asked for all relevant information on the riot.
“The LR-34 Committee specifically asked for a series of information, 26 or 27 different documents, anything related to X, Y, Z,” says Ebke. ” We believe that this report should have among those reports that were released.”
The $20,000 report argues tensions at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution were rising for days due to strict rules being enforced on prisoners, coordinated pushes by gangs and staffing issues.
The report only became public once it was referenced in a trial last week where a former inmate is claiming the state was negligent in allowing the riot to happen.