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There are now more than 34-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  Officials confirmed 293 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 34-thousand-46.  There have been 392 coronavirus-related deaths in Nebraska since the start of the pandemic. The Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln has been placed under quarantine after 29 inmates tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Sunday. The positive cases were identified by tests that were done Friday.

Five years after Nebraska lawmakers approved a sweeping plan to reduce prison crowding, state officials are only marginally closer to fixing the problem despite millions of dollars in additional funding. Nebraska is virtually certain to fall into an “overcrowding emergency” on Wednesday, having missed a state-imposed deadline to reduce its inmate population below 140% of what its facilities were designed to hold. The emergency designation will force Nebraska officials to consider paroling all inmates who are eligible.

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.

Lincoln Journal Star

Visitors to Nebraska prisons will have to answer questions about their possible exposure to the new coronavirus as part of an effort to keep staff and inmates from getting infected. The Department of Correctional Services says visitors will still be allowed, as long as they are deemed a low risk. But Director Scott Frakes warned that the policy could change quickly. Visitors, volunteers, contractors and others will be asked to confirm that they are symptom-free, verify if they have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 and if they have traveled recently by plane.

Corrections Department Director calls for new prison

Feb 19, 2020

Nebraska's corrections department director is calling on lawmakers to consider building a new prison.  Corrections Director Scott Frakes unveiled a plan yesterday to issue a request for information to identify options for the "construction, maintenance and creation of new prison capacity." Frakes says the request for information is a first step for several options including a public-private partnership in building a new facility.  Nebraska's prisons are dealing with inmate capacity and under-staffing issues.