Addressing Mental Healthcare in Nebraska Prison System

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Updated: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:49:40 CST

The Nikko Jenkins case is bringing awareness to mental health treatment in Nebraska's prison system.

Jenkins is accused of an Omaha murder spree last summer, days after being released from prison.

He was allowed to leave without supervision despite making threats of violence

Jenkins was begging officials to commit him to a mental health institution.

State Senator Les Seiler of Hastings is the vice chair of a committee formed that is looking into the handling of Jenkins' situation.

Thursday night, Seiler was speaking about prison reform at the Adams County Republican convention.

On Friday, a Douglas County judge ruled that for security reasons, Nikko Jenkins will receive a mental evaluation in prison rather than be taken to the Lincoln Regional Center.