NET News Examines Proposed Incarceration Alternatives

News Release Date: 
January 6, 2014

For Immediate Release

NET News Examines Proposed Incarceration Alternatives

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 6, 2014) -- A proposal to create alternatives to incarceration promises to be a major focus of the Nebraska Legislature’s 2014 session.

With the state’s prisons already at 150 percent of capacity, such an approach may represent a way to avoid the estimated $120 to $150 million expense of building a new prison. But, because recent high profile incidents in which people who have been released from prison or who were on work release have been accused of committing high profile crimes, the alternatives may raise public safety concerns.

Legislative reporter Fred Knapp explores the situation with a panel of experts in the new, 30-minute NET News discussion program, “Prison Alternatives: Moving Forward,” airing Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. CT on NET1. The program also airs the same evening at 6:30 p.m. CT on NET Radio.

In addition to the television program, Knapp will produce a radio story about the alternatives being considered for the daily “Signature Stories” segment on NET Radio on Friday, Jan. 17. “Signature Stories” air on NET Radio at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. CT and 4:30 p.m. CT. NET News will have continuing coverage of the topic throughout the legislative session.

Guests for the television program include State Sen. Brad Ashford (District 20, Omaha) who chairs the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee; Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning; and Lancaster County Deputy Public Defender Joe Nigro.

Among the alternatives being considered are expanding probation and mental health services, extending the jurisdiction of juvenile courts and creating a criminal justice commission to better understand data about people who reoffend and why.

“Prison Alternatives: Moving Forward” repeats on NET1 Monday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 p.m. CT; Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 11 p.m. CT; Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. CT; and Monday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 p.m. CT. It can also be seen on NET2 Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 and 5 p.m. CT; Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 and 9 p.m. CT; and Monday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. CT.

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NET News contact: Fred Knapp, 402-472-9333, ext. 470, or e-mail at

Release written by: Kim Rogers, 402-472-9333, ext. 512, or e-mail

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