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Eastern Nebraska eyed as location for proposed new prison

(Associated Press)
Published: Jan. 9, 2022 at 10:28 AM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The head of the state prison system says he’s considering six sites in eastern Nebraska near Omaha for a new prison.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the prison system on Friday announced possible locations in Douglas, Dodge, and Lancaster counties for a new 1,512-bed prison.

Nebraska lawmakers this year are deciding how to address overcrowding in state prisons. Corrections Director Scott Frakes in 2020 recommended building a new prison. He says the goal is to improve staff and inmate safety and not to imprison more people. Recent cost estimates put the price tag on a new prison at about $236 million.

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