Nebraska prisoners denied due process, placed in housing unit more inhumane than solitary confinement
Since March 2017, prisoners in Tecumseh Correctional Institution have been forcibly and illegally moved to a housing unit more restrictive than solitary confinement. The creation of Unit 2B was spontaneous and reactionary after a riot at the facility early in the month. It is strategically called a “close management” unit, thereby evading the regulatory oversight of being classified as solitary confinement. The conditions of 2B include 1 hour out of cell each day, and 40 minutes in the yard each week. Prisoners are double-celled, having to spend 23 hours each day in close quarters with another prisoner.