Tecumseh Joins State Penitentiary with 12-Hour Shifts

Staff at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution have started working 12-hour shifts. (Photo by Fred Knapp, NET News)
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December 4, 2019 - 4:15pm

Staff at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution started 12-hour work shifts Wednesday. This takes place just weeks after a petition, signed by nearly 800 inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, raised concerns about the same scheduling.

The petition states the new 12-hour shifts limit inmate’s ability to meet with outside groups, conduct prison club meetings and use the law library, among other things.

“This is not a good long-term fix," said Nebraska ombudsman Carl Eskridge, who oversees complaints for the state. "This is not something that can become the new normal at all.”

Eskridge said the problems can be traced back to staffing problems. 

Since the Tecumseh correctional facility made the same change the Nebraska State Penitentiary did earlier this year, Eskridge expects similar complaints from the Tecumseh facility.

“Certainly during this changed scheduling, it’s a particularly challenging time," Eskridge said. "So, it’s important that there be good communication and try to make the best of things as can be done.”

The inmates did not properly file their petition with the department, Scott Frakes, director of the Nebraska Department of Corrections, said in a statement. In order for it to be processed, the inmates must re-file the petition. 

Eskridge told NET News he believes the filing issue will be solved and the petition will be appropriately addressed.



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