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Christmas Eve incident damages Nebraska prison housing unit

December 25, 2019 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Inmates at a Lincoln prison damaged a housing unit during a Christmas Eve disturbance after staff confiscated food and homemade alcohol.

About 14 inmates at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center broke furniture, cracked a window and disabled surveillance cameras, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services spokeswoman Laura Strimple said in a statement.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the incident began about 7 p.m. Tuesday and that some inmates returned to their cells as directed at the start.

Prison staff locked down the facility and called in an emergency response team to resolve the incident. Center Director Scott Frakes said no staff or inmates were injured.

“The event was concluded fairly quickly,” he said, adding that bringing in an emergency response team deployment is standard procedure.

He also said, “Staff members left church services and other events involving their families” to be at the center “on a moment’s notice.”

The disturbance was limited to the housing unit, and movement inside the prison remained somewhat restricted Wednesday, the department said.