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DCS Prepares For Visitations Despite Overcrowding Crisis

Jun 26, 2020

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says inmates will soon be able to visit with friends and family.  DCS officials say social-distancing will be maintained, face-masks will be required, and visitors will be have to undergo a health-screening.  They're still working out the details but hope to resume visitation the week of July 13th. Nebraska prisons are far exceeding capacity and director Scott Frakes announced he will certify an overcrowding emergency on July 1st because the state's prisons are currently at 151-percent. Frakes said the overcrowding doesn't mean the mass release of prisoners, but that the department will need to build a new prison to accommodate the inmates. Frakes is looking at a prison that could hold up to 16-hundred beds.