Changes Coming to Furlough System After Inmate Killed by OPD
A prisoner killed by Omaha police last week while on furlough would never have been released under changes coming to the state's furlough system. The Omaha World Herald reports that starting November 1st, prisoners must be within a year of their likely parole date before they can take an overnight furlough. Jermaine Lucas wasn't scheduled to be released until 2014, so he wouldn't have been eligible until next year. Another change is forcing inmates to come up with an itinerary they must follow while on furlough, focusing their time on finding work, housing substance abuse or mental health treatment or building stronger family relationships.