An inquiry into Nebraska's jails is warranted and long overdue. To analyze the jail systems in the state, it is necessary to study the legal basis of the jail system as contained in the laws, how that system operates today, what about the system gives rise to concern, and what can be done to improve the system. Throughout the analysis, a comparison to national statistics is meaningful to determine if the comments and recommendations of national and federal authorities are relevant in Nebraska.

I. Statutory Provisions

II. Survey of Status

III. Areas of Concern

IV. Recommendations … 1. Proper use of jails … 2. Reduction of inmates … 3. Separate law enforcement and corrections … 4. State supervision and control

V. Conclusion