Heineman, Ashford seek discussion of lower-cost options to new prisons

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Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:00 am

LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman wants to hold off on any consideration of building new prison cells until a comprehensive study of lower-cost alternatives is completed.

Heineman commented after the release Wednesday of a master plan update for Nebraska's overcrowded corrections system. The update, which is not final, focused on construction of room for nearly 900 new prison beds in Omaha and Lincoln that would cost millions of dollars.

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