Hall County Could House State Inmates

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The State Department of Corrections is looking to a partnership with Hall County to alleviate the shortage of beds for state inmates in Lincoln and the entire Board of Supervisors agrees it's a positive thing.

"I think we need to do a good job of reassuring the public that in fact once again there are, local tax dollars that is being shared in a partnership that is equally beneficial to both the state and the local," said Pam Lancaster a supervisor on the board.

The Hall County Board of Supervisors wants to make sure the public knows Hall County will get to pick and choose which inmates they house. Only non-violent inmates, those who aren't serving time for robbery, assault or capital offenses, will be moved. And the state assured the board if any inmates become argumentative or don't comply with rules, they will be moved within 24 hours.

The State Department is looking to have 20 to 30 inmates move to Hall County June 15th.

Lancaster said, "I also appreciate starting in small steps, because you're right, there are bound to be glitches and smaller groups we can work them out better."

Once glitches are worked out, the Department of Corrections wants to move 80 to 100 inmates to Hall County in July.