Are Nebraska Legislators serious about prison alternatives?

Really serious?

If so, then why don’t all work release inmates currently wear GPS ankle monitors?

Should they?

Let’s take a look back at a few recent work release failures and you be the judge…..

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-July 2010, Lincoln – An inmate free on work release is arrested while trying to steal a truck.

The inmate was in prison for felony theft and flight to avoid arrest (police chase).

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-September 2012, Omaha – An inmate free on work release robs a downtown pizza restaurant.

The inmate had a history of robbery.

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-June 2013, North Platte – An inmate free on work release simply strolls away from his place of employment and escapes.

The inmate was on his 3rd prison stint at the time.

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-June 2013, Lincoln – An inmate free on work release careens through the streets of Lincoln in a state owned van. He crashes and kills an innocent Lincoln woman.

The inmate was on his second prison stint for meth and terroristic threats but also had a history of willful reckless driving.

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-August 2013, Beatrice – An inmate free on work release – and allegedly out looking for a job – travels from Lincoln to Beatrice and robs a bank.

The inmate was in prison for Robbery.

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(We are sure there are countless more examples.)

Lincoln sure talks a good game when it comes to touting “prison alternatives’.

But if current practices and lack of efforts are any indicator of future plans for “sentencing reform”, this likely will not turn out well.

Maybe they will surprise us.

But we doubt it.

Isn’t it ironic how politicians will bemoan a $92 per day incarceration cost…

But won’t invest $10 per day on a GPS ankle monitor for all offenders on various forms of supervised release.

Lincoln?

How do you know that work release inmates are where they say they are everyday?

Do they “pinky swear” promise?

Please give your constituents one good reason why all inmates on work release should not be monitored by a GPS ankle monitor?

Just one.

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One Response to Are Nebraska Legislators serious about prison alternatives?

  1. Dan Larsen Dan Larsen says:

    The only way GPS ankle monitors can work, is if they are proactive, instead of reactive. It would take too big an investment in personnel to actively monitor them. Curtail this ridiculous program of trial release unless and until a prisoner takes enough responsibility to earn it, (in orther words — change the rules in favor of less than 5% of what is now available, and make them own it.