All visits to the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln were canceled Sunday because of a surge in illegal drug use, a spokeswoman for the State Corrections Department said.
The penitentiary was placed in modified operations after at least 15 inmates were suspected of using K2, a synthetic drug, Dawn-Renee Smith said in a statement to reporters.
“Investigators will be brought in to determine sources and other relevant information,” Smith wrote. “Due to the active investigation, this is all the information available.”
“Modified operations” mean that prison officials will more closely control movement of inmates within a facility because of safety and security needs, Smith said. Tactics may include confinement in cells of a portion of the inmate population, cancellation of program or work activities, and direct escort of certain inmates as necessary.