Disturbance at Nebraska Diagnostic and Evaluation Center

Disturbance at Nebraska Diagnostic and Evaluation Center

Nebraska Diagnostic and Evaluation Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
December 24, 2019

At around 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, at least 14 inmates attacked guards and destroyed property including a window, furniture, and surveillance cameras. According to a press release from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), the incident started when “staff members confiscated food items as well as homemade alcohol” from inmates. In response, the facility was put on lockdown, although the lockdown was lifted on Christmas morning and the facility was put on “modified operations”.

According to Scott R. Frakes, director of the NDCS, corrections officers had to be called in from Christmas Eve church services to put down the rebellion. No injuries were reported and the NDCS reported that no chemical weapons were used during the disturbance.


Disturbance results in damage to DEC housing unit“, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, Press Release, December 25, 2019.

Disturbance involving 14 inmates at state prison leads to lockdown, property damage“, Omaha World-Herald, December 25, 2019.

Disturbance at Diagnostic and Evaluation Center results in damage, disabled security cameras“, 1011 Now, December 25, 2019.

Corrections: Inmates do damage to Diagnostic and Evaluation Center“, NTVABC, December 26, 2019.


Header photo source: Lincoln Journal Star
Article published: December 27, 2019