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Nebraska leaders hope to improve state’s department of corrections

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LINCOLN, Neb.(KTIV) - Nebraska state leaders hope a new program will improve how the department of corrections is run, if they're approved for a grant.

The three branches of government would be working together on the program called the "Justice Reinvestment Program."

It will focus on three things - probation, re-entry, and supervision.

Gov. Pete Ricketts said the program will reduce prison overcrowding, and expand probation and parole supervision.

Ricketts said this is a data-driven effort that will help provide more resources, for example, mental health resources to keep people out of the correction system in the first place.

"This is something that is going to help us do a better job with the inmates with regard to that supervised release, I think it's something that protects the public safety, and it's also something that helps us manage the overall corrections system in a way that we get to restore taxpayer dollars," said the Republican governor.

Ricketts said the application will be made to the department of justice through the bureau of justice administration. He said there is no timeline on how long it will take for it to be approved.

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