Central States Violent Crime

Nebraska Prison Disturbance, 2 Staffers Assaulted

A Nebraska prisons spokeswoman says two other staff members were assaulted during a Lincoln prison disturbance.

Dawn-Renee Smith of the Department of Correctional Services said in a release Saturday that the two staffers were assaulted when they came to the aid of aid of another staffer who was attacked by prisoners Friday evening at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln.

She says the first staffer who was attacked was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Of the two who came to his aid, one was treated for a minor injury and the other refused medical treatment.

Smith says there have been repairs to a housing unit that was set ablaze during the disturbance. About 32 inmates were expected to return to the unit Saturday evening.

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Nebraska prison officials say a staff member was assaulted and a housing unit at a Lincoln prison set ablaze — the third fire set during an inmate uprising at a Nebraska prison in the last two years.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Correctional Services says the incident happened Friday evening, when a fire was set and a male staff member attacked around 7:30 p.m. at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln. Officials say the staff member was not seriously hurt, and no other staff or inmates were injured.

Officials say Nebraska State Patrol troopers and prison emergency teams were able to quash the disturbance in less than two hours.

Officials have not detailed the extent of the damage to the housing unit where the fire occurred.

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