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      State Suspends Inmate Driver Program While Reviewed

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      The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has announced the suspension of their inmate van driver program following the death of a Lincoln woman whose minivan was struck by an inmate driver assigned to the program.

      According to the Department of Correctional Services, 35-year-old Jeremy Dobbe was assigned to drive inmates to and from work details out of the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln.

      It was while on his way to pick up other inmates around 10:30 p.m. that Dobbe's speeding van struck a minivan nearly head-on killing the driver, 47-year-old Joyce Meeks.

      Dobbe is currently serving a 5-7 year sentence for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, terroristic threats and criminal mischief from Colfax and Butler counties. He also has previous driving convictions leading many to wonder why he was allowed to operate a state-owned vehicle.

      Staff with the department will take over transporting inmates to their work details until a review of the program can be completed.

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