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Nebraska State Penitentiary housing unit placed on modified operations

Posted at 11:53 AM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-25 12:53:24-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Due to separate incidents involving multiple inmates, a housing unit at the Nebraska State Penitentiary has been placed on modified operations. Modified operations are actions taken to more closely control movement of inmates due to needs of safety and security.

Saturday afternoon, an inmate was assaulted by several inmates in his cell, according to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS).

The inmate suffered serious injuries, including a fractured jaw. He was transported to a local hospital.

Additionally, 11 inmates in the same housing unit were assessed and treated for being under the influence of K2 (often referred to as synthetic marijuana).

The assault is currently under investigation, NDCS says. Findings will be presented to the county attorney.

The NDCS disciplinary process is utilized with sanctions, like loss of good time, applied according to rules and regulations.

Modified operations can include cell confinement for a portion of the inmate population, cancellation of program/work activities and direct escort of certain inmates.

Aside from the affected housing unit, NDCS says the Nebraska State Penitentiary remains on normal operations.