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Study after study indicates that prolonged isolation and lack of social interaction worsens the paranoia and anxiety of mentally ill inmates and can destabilize even those without mental health problems. Some states report higher rates of repeat crimes for those who spend time in isolation.

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On a night in early September, the manipulator would become the manipulated. Jenkins succumbed to a routine as old as a badge and a night stick: good cop, bad cop.

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In sentencing Jenkins in 2011, Douglas County District Judge Gary Randall gave him credit for 513 days that he had served in the Douglas County Jail after being transferred there from the Tecumseh State Prison while he awaited trial.

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Court and corrections records obtained exclusively by The World-Herald show three factors could have — some say should have — kept Jenkins behind bars well past July 30. Jenkins has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

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Members of a now notorious Omaha family have appeared in Douglas County Court this week after being jailed on relatively minor charges while a…

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One of the men was Jorge C. Cajiga-Ruiz, 29, of Omaha, said Officer Michael Pecha, a police spokesman. Police did not know the second man's name.

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