- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - State prison officials say three prison staff members have been assaulted by inmates since Monday.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/29sKgk6 ) that an employee at the Nebraska State Penitentiary was assaulted Monday and two employees at the Lincoln Correctional Center were assaulted Tuesday.

Prison officials say the assaults stemmed from staff members trying to talk to agitated inmates during attempts to de-escalate separate situations.

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services spokesman Andrew Nystrom says all three staff members were punched by inmates and taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

Nystrom says the assaults are being investigated, and reports will be sent to the Lancaster County Attorney.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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