Prison employee arrested on several charges

Posted at 8:18 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 21:18:09-04

The Nebraska State Patrol arrested a unit caseworker at the Nebraska State Penitentary Friday on several charges.

33 year old Jami Cutshall was booked into the Lancaster County Jail for unauthorized communications with a committed offender; unlawful acts by a corrections employee and sex abuse of an inmate or parolee. The Department of Corrections says the arrest is a result of an investigation into the suspected synthetic marijuana incidents that occurred at the Nebraska State Pen earlier this week which led to modified operations.

"The introduction of any contraband into prisons puts my staff and the incarcerated population in danger. Drugs are especially dangerous due to the possible medical reactions and potential for violence." said Director Scott Frakes in a statement. "The investigation began following several incidents of suspected K2 use. I am proud of the investigative work completed by our intelligence team, criminal investigators and facility staff. I appreciate the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol in the arrest."

Cutshall has been a unit caseworker at the prison since July, 2015. She has been suspended without pay, pending personnel action.