Jail chief not eager to house Neb. prison overflow

By: AP
By: AP

Lincoln, NE (AP) - The Lancaster County corrections director would rather not have his jail handle any overflow from the state's overcrowded prisons.

The Lincoln Journal Star says the main budget bill in the Legislature would provide money to move 150 inmates now in state custody to county jails.

County corrections director Mike Thurber says his 779-bed jail handles an average of up to 580 inmates a day, leaving room for state prisoners. But Thurber says he's staffed to adequately handle just 550 inmates.

Lancaster County Board Chairman Larry Hudkins says the $35 a day the state used to pay didn't come close to covering county costs.

Prisons spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith says the state doesn't plan to force counties to take state prisoners even if funding were approved to move some into jails.

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