Governor Pete Ricketts Says Prison Population is Stabilizing

BEATRICE –  As the State of Nebraska tries to address the over-capacity of its’ prisons, Governor Pete Ricketts says a prior law promoting sentencing alternatives, seems to be working.

State lawmakers passage of LB 605 included promoting the use of supervised release, to make sure prisoners leaving incarceration have services to continue efforts at rehabilitation for life outside prison walls.

During an interview Thursday at KWBE in Beatrice, Ricketts says the state’s prison population is leveling off.

:21                  “they don’t reoffend”

The Republican Governor proposed additional funds for prison operations, community corrections facilities and the addition of programming at correctional facilities.

:32                  “capacity there”

Ricketts says since over 90 percent of the prison population eventually leaves custody, planning for inmates lives after incarceration, has to being immediately.

Steps have been taken to address a shortage and turnover in corrections staffing.  At Tecumseh, the state offered $2,500 signing bonuses to help relieve some of the officer overtime issues being experienced.

:19                  “in the system”

In recent years, state prisons have been wracked by uprisings at Tecumseh, which have resulted in inmate deaths and staff injuries, plus significant damage to state facilities.

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