Riot report: who knew what, when?
It’s that age-old question of government and politics: Who knew what and when?
In the case of an independent report on the May 2015 riot at the Nebraska State Prison in Tecumseh that left two dead, that question lingers like the smell of burnt microwave popcorn.
Especially since that report just surfaced. Particularly because one has to wonder if the report’s findings could have helped prevent a March 2017 riot at the same institution that left two more inmates dead.
Really Governor, you’re excusing the fact that the report didn’t surface until November 2018 because administrators get a lot of reports and you can’t publish every one?
We’re not talking about suggestions for a new vendor for pens and pencils, we’re talking about matters of life and death and a culture that thrives on control and looking for ways to hedge on the rules.
Here’s a head’s up: That’s dangerous business and the old saw about the inmates running the prison, that’s not a good thing. The Critical Incident Review Team report, made public soon after the riot, concluded the riot had happened as a matter of chance. In other words, it just happened.
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