Staffing shortage leads NDCS to implement longer shifts
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) Director, Scott Frakes, has declared a staffing emergency for the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) and Evaluation Center (DEC).
Starting today, these facilities will implement a 12-hour operational pattern.
“Normally, each facility operates on its own in terms of where staff is assigned,” explained Dir. Frakes. “In order to keep activities as normal as possible, there will be situations where staff members will be asked to work in the opposite facility. In essence, the facilities will coordinate together.”
Dir. Frakes said the decision to move to extended shifts is spurred largely by a slowdown in hiring.
“We are feeling the effects that many other industries and businesses are experiencing currently, nationally and across Nebraska. This is a very tight job market, especially in Lincoln and it is having an impact on our two largest facilities – the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) and LCC/DEC.”
LCC and DEC will be joining NSP and the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, which implemented 12-hour shifts in 2019.