Growing concern over the number of incarcerated individuals in County Jail

While COVID-19 has been going on, there have been about 1,500 low priority warrants that have been on hold until today, which is going to make the jail population increase in the wake of a pandemic..

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – While COVID-19 has been going on, there have been about 1,500 low priority warrants that have been on hold until Tuesday, which is going to make the jail population increase in the wake of a pandemic…

Back in March, several jurisdictions came together and made a plan to decrease the number of people incarcerated in the county jail due to COVID-19 concerns. The jail population went from roughly 600 inmates to 400 inmates, giving the facility room for quarantine units and better social distancing in the jail.

Since summer, the number of incarcerations is ticking back up causing concern to many including Lancaster County Board member, Sean Flowerday.

“We have a public health emergency and we have a really dense living situation over at the jail and we have to keep those numbers down just to keep people safe. We need to find alternatives to incarceration during this period while the disease is still spreading in our community” Flowerday said.

Flowerday says he would have liked to see the low priority warrants get pushed back till at least winter time when the jails are usually not as full because more crime happens during the summer months.

As of right now, there are no set alternatives to incarceration.

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