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Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Riot Causes Lockdown At Nebraska Prison


"The (prison) staff handled the situation extremely well, which limited the incident to a small number of participants and minimal damage".

Staff members reported a fire on a mini-yard connected to one of the housing units about 1:30 p.m., and about 40 inmates on the mini-yard and inside one-half of the housing unit were ordered to go to their cells but refused, the department said. County and state officials were at the scene, along with a prison emergency response team. Galindo was serving 12 to 21 years on robbery and other charges.

Tecumseh native Logan Dorsey said incidents like the one Thursday are concerning for those who live near the prison, which now houses more than 1,000 inmates.

Two inmates were killed and others were injured in a Nebraska prison Thursday after inmates revolted against staff members and started a fire in a courtyard. Additional fires were set inside the housing unit, he said, but insisted the incident was not regarded as a riot.

"I do believe we've made many improvements and it is devastating to me any kind of loss of life that has happened and it's important that we take again a very hard look at what happened and how it happened and try to make improvements from that point on", Hansen said.

No prison employees were injured.

As for Thursday's incident, Corrections Director Scott Frakes said he would not call it a riot. "This incident is a reminder that this is a risky business and we must remain vigilant as we keep people safe". There is no visible fire inside the housing unit. Marvin said he didn't know why the inmates were protesting.

(Tecumseh) - The Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Nebraska is now under lockdown.

The state prison system is holding about 1,900 more inmates than the system's design capacity, according to the departments September 2016 data report, the latest posted on the agency's website. The Nebraska State Patrol and state fire marshal are investigating. An internal critical incident review is also being conducted.

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