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Our inspector general for corrections and local media continue to document critical staffing shortages in our state prisons. The situation at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln is particularly concerning. I am paying close attention to this issue, as adequate staffing is necessary in order to keep these facilities under control. The implications for public safety are real and cannot be ignored.
The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on matters related to the correctional system Oct. 25. I also encourage people to read these recent news articles on the subject: