Prison caseworker dealt K2 to inmates 4 times, investigators say

October 11, 2017

LINCOLN — Investigators believe a Nebraska State Penitentiary caseworker sold K2 to inmates four times in September, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested Jami Cutshall at work Friday on suspicion of unauthorized communications with a committed offender, unauthorized acts by a corrections employee and sex abuse of a parolee.

Her arrest came after investigators learned Oct. 1 that at least 15 inmates at the Lincoln prison had used synthetic marijuana, commonly known as K2.

A Nebraska Department of Correctional Services investigator didn’t specify in court documents how Cutshall received payment for bringing the K2 into the prison, or how much she was paid.

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and Nebraska State Patrol officials declined Tuesday to give further details on Cutshall.

Investigators believe Cutshall had sex with a parolee at her apartment this summer, according to an affidavit for her arrest.

They also believe she placed $40 in an inmate’s account after sending mail to the inmate using a fictitious name, the affidavit said.

Cutshall remained in jail pending her first appearance in Lancaster County Court this week.

She has been a caseworker at the prison since 2015 and was suspended without pay pending further personnel proceedings, the Corrections Department said Friday in a news release.

State Penitentiary officials restricted operations inside the prison last week as investigators looked into the source of the K2.