Prison System Asking For Additional Money To Cover Inmate Health Care

LINCOLN -- Keeping prison inmates healthy isn't cheap.  The Nebraska Department of Corrections is asking for $12.5 million to cover rising costs for inmate healthcare, out-of-prison health services and food.  Omaha Senator Brad Ashford says that money would cover only immediate needs, and not the bigger issue of having to handle an over-populated corrections system.  One systemic change supported by Senator Ashford is spending $25 million on state's probationary program to cover more probation officers and treatments programs.  Money matters are being talked about in preparation for the next legislative session, Jan. 8th.