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Penitentiary staff members suffer injuries in separate assaults

October 6, 2018

Staff members at the Nebraska State Penitentiary sustained injuries in separate assaults by inmates earlier this week, a prisons spokeswoman said Friday.

Tuesday, an unruly inmate was trying to open a secure door and refused orders to stop, then assaulted corrections officers as they tried to restrain him, Laura Strimple said in a Nebraska Department of Correctional Services news release.

One staff member suffered a broken thumb and was treated at a hospital. Two others suffered injuries that were not considered serious, Strimple said.

Wednesday evening, an inmate entering his assigned living unit kicked the door hard as a staff member held it, breaking the employee’s finger, she said. That injury required stitches.

The assaults will be investigated, with findings turned over to the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office.

The inmates will also face sanctions such as loss of good time, according to the department’s disciplinary process, Strimple said.

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