- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers is seeking a federal investigation into how a prisoner with a history of self-mutilation keeps getting access to razor blades.

Chambers said Wednesday he believes prison employees have been giving the blades to Nikko Jenkins, who was convicted of killing four people in Omaha.

Despite around-the-clock surveillance in solitary confinement, Jenkins has repeatedly mutilated various parts of his body. Chambers says Jenkins slashed his throat in early August, requiring 42 stitches.

Corrections Director Scott Frakes says it’s unclear how Jenkins is getting the blades, but he notes that Jenkins has access to a shower and recreation yard where he can interact with other inmates. Frakes says Jenkins alleged that an employee gave him the razor, but that employee no longer works for the department.

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