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Disturbance at Nebraska Diagnostic and Evaluation Center

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 Department of Corrections, the incident started when “staff members confiscated food items as well as homemade alcohol” from inmates.

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Majority of Prisoners Sign Petition at Nebraska State Penitentiary

Late November, 2019: 780 prisoners at the facility sign a petition addressed to the press, the ombudsman, and the ACLU to protest a range of issues from lockdowns to programming to food quality.

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Attack on Guards at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, Nebraska

March 22, 2019: One staff member was stabbed and kicked by two inmates after a door was mistakenly opened.

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Protest at Tecumseh Correctional Institution, Nebraska

April 14, 2018: At least 36 prisoners refused to return to their cells, prompting guards to call in the prison riot response team. Prisoners returned to their cells before the response teams arrived. At this point, the reason for the protest is unknown.

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Uprising at Tecumseh Correctional Institution, Nebraska

March 2, 2017: Almost exactly two years after a major uprising at Tecumseh, approximately 40 prisoners refused orders to return to their cells. Prison staff left the day room of the housing unit and locked the doors, preventing the prisoners from moving to other units. During the uprising, prisoners set fires and destroyed prison infrastructure. Two prisoners were murdered by other prisoners during the uprising.

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2016 National Prison Strike: Tecumseh Correctional Institution, Nebraska

September 8, 2016: While the facility is on lockdown to prevent strike participation, a prisoner assaults three staff members.

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Uprising at Sarpy County Jail, Nebraska

April 29, 2016: Four prisoners “become unruly” damaging about 11 sprinklers in the holding cell, flooding it and the public defenders’ office below. The water causes approximately $100,000 in damage. The prisoners are charged with criminal mischief and terroristic threats, with bond set at $1 million.

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Mother’s Day Uprising at Tecumseh Correctional, Nebraska

May 10, 2015: Prisoners of all races take control of multiple housing units in the prison (including staff­ offices), fight off­ guards together, set fires, destroy walls and other infrastructure. They use office phones to call their mothers and the media and chant “Hands up! Don’t shoot!”—echoing the anti-police protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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