In State of the Judiciary, Nebraska's top judge calls for more prison alternatives

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  • Nebraska Chief Justice Mike Heavican

    “We are all, obviously, incredibly pained,” said Nebraska State Supreme Court Justice Mike Heavican, who is in charge of the bar commission.

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:16 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

LINCOLN — The state's top judge said Friday that the courts could offer more alternatives to prison for nonviolent offenders if the system had more funding.

Chief Justice Michael Heavican told state lawmakers in his annual State of the Judiciary address that a recent evaluation found drug courts and other problem-solving courts are cost-effective alternatives that reduce crime and drug addiction.

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