Lack of programs possible factor in Nebraska prison revolt

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A deadly Nebraska prison revolt is believed to have started after inmates complained about a lack of rehabilitation programs.

Lawmakers said Thursday that damage to the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution could total $350,000 to $500,000. Insurance will likely cover the expense.

Inmates took control of part of the prison on Sunday. Two inmates were killed. Prison officials have said both men were likely killed by other inmates.

The facility was still on lockdown Thursday. One section of cells was considered an active crime scene.

Separate investigations are being conducted into the deaths of the inmates and the cause of the riots.

Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, who was briefed on the incident, says the riot may have started when inmates complained about a lack of programming, such as job training.

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