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Nebraska prisons head unveils plan for staffing shortage | KRVN Radio

Nebraska prisons head unveils plan for staffing shortage

Nebraska prisons head unveils plan for staffing shortage

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska’s corrections director has unveiled a $15.6 million budget plan designed to reduce staffing shortages and turnover in the state’s beleaguered prison system.

Scott Frakes announced the two-year budget package Thursday after meeting with state lawmakers. If approved, the proposal would allow the department to hire roughly 165 full-time employees in a variety of jobs. It also seeks $75 million for a new facility for inmates with severe mental health needs.

The proposal requests money for security personnel, health care providers and a grant writer to seek outside funding.

Frakes says the prison’s employee turnover rate has been as high as 32 percent annually, and addressing that problem will solve many of the department’s other issues. Frakes says he discussed the proposal with Gov. Pete Ricketts and feels “very supported.”

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