Governor comments on Inmate Treatment Center at the HRC

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Updated: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:18:24 CST

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman was in Kearney for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hy-Vee. He just wrapped up his final legislative session as Nebraska Governor. 

On the second to last day of the session, lawmakers passed LB 999 to address prison reform.The bill allows the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a feasibility study to see if the Hastings Regional Center can be used as a mental health and alcohol and drug abuse treatment center for inmates. The Governor says using the HRC to address prison reform is one of many possibilities.

"I don't think we oughta prejudge anything just yet we're gonna look at all of our facilities how we can use them. We're going to be looking at supervised release. We're going to be looked at more community treatment programs but at the end of the day no one wants to build a new prison and hopefully we won't have to do that."

The Department of Health and Human Services must report the findings of their study by December 15th. State Senators will then debate any further action during the next session in January.

We also asked the Governor if he has decided to endorse a candidate in the race for Nebraska Governor. He said he has not. He said it will be a close race in two weeks.