Keeping people safe
Prisons play a crucial role in protecting the safety of our communities. They provide a secure environment where inmates can prepare to successfully reenter society as productive citizens. Over 93 percent of the inmates who enter our state prison system will return to our communities. In Nebraska’s correctional facilities inmates participate in pro-social activities, gain new skills, work toward degrees, and earn their diplomas. These tools and opportunities give them a second chance to transform their lives.
Like all of our state agencies, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has had to change the way it operates during the pandemic. As they have done so, the NDCS team has done a tremendous job of minimizing coronavirus infections to date. Out of a population of about 5,400, only eight inmates have tested positive for the virus so far. The overall health of the prison system is a credit to NDCS Director Scott Frakes and the entire NDCS team. They quickly put their pandemic plan into action to deal with coronavirus, implemented guidelines designed to prevent transmission of the illness, delivered testing when needed, and have successfully enlisted the cooperation of those housed at NDCS facilities.
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