Nebraska to shuffle staff at homes for juvenile offenders

The gain time initiative would reduce the time non-violent offenders spend in prison from 85...
The gain time initiative would reduce the time non-violent offenders spend in prison from 85 percent of their sentence, down to 65 percent. (Pxhere)(WJHG)
Published: Nov. 6, 2019 at 6:44 PM CST
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Nebraska officials plan to cut staff at one state-run home for juvenile offenders while adding to its workforce at two other facilities.

The

announced the changes Wednesday as part of a larger overhaul of its

system.

Department officials say they plan to reduce the workforce at the YRTC in Geneva effective Jan. 6, 2020, because that facility won't be serving as many youths. But they plan to hire additional employees at YRTC facilities in Lincoln and Kearney.

Department officials say they staff members who lose their jobs will have the opportunity to apply for jobs at the other YRTC facilities or elsewhere in state government. They say they hope to retain employees whenever possible.