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Inmate farming: Transferring jail inmates leads to revenue for some counties

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Inmate farming: Transferring jail inmates leads to revenue for some counties

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LINCOLN--For Hall County Corrections Director Todd Bahensky, the empty beds in the county jail are more than just a frame and mattress. They’re a source of revenue.

The jail, built in 2008, has 320 beds. Bahensky said the facility hasn’t faced overcrowding issues since the new building opened, even with the jail housing more than just local inmates. A report from the Nebraska Crime Commission said the facility’s average daily population in 2016 was 161 detainees.

 

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