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Nebraska lawmakers seek to expand problem-solving courts, a less costly alternative to prison

LINCOLN - A proven, and lower-cost, alternative to a prison sentence would get a substantial boost in funding under a preliminary recommendation by a state legislative committee. Four existing "problem-solving courts" in the state - including a veterans treatment court in Omaha and a drug court in Saunders County - would be expanded via a $2.4 million a year boost in funding. That would allow 120 additional criminal offenders a year to be treated using strict probation programs rather than being sent to more expensive prison beds. … More

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