Nebraska jails’ revenue takes hit as detainees dwindle

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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:00 am

Nebraska jails that are paid to house detained immigrants are feeling a financial pinch as the federal government scales back enforcement of immigration laws.

The Douglas County Department of Corrections, which gets $84 per day to hold U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, is projecting a $2.9 million revenue shortfall for the next fiscal year. Most of the lost income can be attributed to the agency picking up fewer immigrants, Douglas County Corrections Director Mark Foxall told County Board members at a recent finance meeting.

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