- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A new warden has been appointed to oversee a southeast Nebraska prison that has faced numerous problems.

Longtime corrections employee and administrator Brad Hansen will begin his new role at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution on Monday. Hansen replaces Brian Gage, who resigned.

The leadership change follows a series of high-profile disturbances at the prison, including a May 10 riot that caused extensive damage and left two inmates dead. Last week, three corrections officers were assaulted.

Hansen began his career with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services in 1977, as a corrections officer in the Nebraska State Penitentiary. He later became a unit administrator.

Corrections Director Scott Frakes says corrections leaders are held to a high standard, occupying a unique position of trust and responsibility.

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