Special Prisoners To Test Saunders Co. Jail

More than three dozen teenage “prisoners'' have volunteered to help Saunders County authorities get ready for their new Wahoo jail building. Real prisoners will be moving in April 6, and Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz wants his jailers to get some experience operating the new facility.

The new building has 155 beds and replaces the old facility built in 1904. The volunteers, ages 16-18, show up Friday evening. Contraband will be hidden in the cells, which the teenagers will occupy.

Ironically, the new jail won't house juvenile prisoners because of the special accommodations and staff required.

Saunders County spent $125,000 last year reimbursing other counties for jailing its overflow of prisoners.