NEBRASKA CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT TOUTS RECENT CHANGES IN PROGRESS REPORT

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has embarked on a series of changes in recent years to combat high employee turnover, chronically overcrowded prisons and shortages of rehab offerings, as well as increases in prison uprisings and assaults on staff. In a statement Scott Frakes, the Director of the Department of Corrections, said he was proud of the progress made so far to change the agency’s culture and deepen public trust. Some of the progress listed in the “Strategic Plan Progress Report” included expansion of rehabilitation programs, a 25% increase in mission-specific prison beds, implementation of a new risk assessment test, and opening of a 100-bed work release dorm.