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Nebraska county looking to reduce recidivism

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Eastern Nebraska officials are creating a program to reduce the number of repeat offenders booked into the county jail.

Lincoln Journal Star reports that almost 50 people who were booked into the Lancaster County Jail last year had been in the jail at least 20 times in the previous five years.

The county's Community Corrections program is working on a recidivism program that will focus on reducing the number of 18- to 24-year-old men who return to jail. The program will prioritize men living in high poverty neighborhoods.

Kim Etherton is executive director of Community Corrections. She says they've received a three-year $1 million grant from the federal Department of Justice.

Etherton says the program aims to get men out of custody within six weeks and into treatment programs.

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