Unlocked cell doors lead to disturbance at Tecumseh prison

Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (Photo courtesy Nebraska Department of Correctional Services)
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September 7, 2018 - 3:56pm

Nebraska Corrections officials say they've restored order at the Tecumseh State Prison after a disturbance earlier Friday that left two inmates injured.


Officials say the doors to 16 one-person cells in a restrictive housing unit were accidentally opened this morning. They say inmates entered a common area and refused to return to their cells, even when chemical agents were used on them.

One inmate was assaulted by other inmates and sustained serious injuries. Another sustained minor injuries. Inmates also started a fire in one of the cells. They eventually returned to their cells just before an emergency response team was prepared to enter the unit. Officials say no prison staff members were injured, although one sought treatment for possible smoke exposure.

Friday’s incident is just the latest in a series of troubles at the prison 50 miles southeast of Lincoln. In 2015, a riot and fire there left two inmates dead and caused about $2 million in damage. A riot and fire last year left two more inmates dead. Also last year, a prisoner was killed by his cellmate.

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