Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Family of inmate killed in Tecumseh prison riot sues state

The family of one of the inmates killed in last year's riot at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institute has filed a wrongful death suit against the state. The Lincoln Journal-Star reports the family of Shon Collins is seeking $1.2 million in damages.

Shon Collins, 46, was one of two sex offenders beaten to death -- presumably by other inmates -- late May 10 or early May 11 at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. His mother filed a wrongful death claim against the state earlier this year, alleging the prison’s employees and administrators were responsible because they failed to contain, control or stop the 11-hour riot.
“His untimely death was the result of neglect due to one or more of the following reasons by the employees of the facility: failure to protect, failure to sufficiently staff, failure to warn, or failure to properly manage the facility,” his mother, Susan Collins, wrote in the tort claim filed in late January.
She continued: “The officials at the Tecumseh Prison and at the Nebraska State Department of Corrections knew there was a problem with overcrowding and under-staffing, which also led to Shon Collins’ untimely death.”

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