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Nebraska prisons head unveils plan for staffing shortage | KTIC Radio

Nebraska prisons head unveils plan for staffing shortage

Nebraska prisons head unveils plan for staffing shortage
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Nebraska’s corrections director has unveiled a budget package that includes a $15.6 million funding increase 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 and increase the department’s total general budget to nearly $223 million.

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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