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LB 985: Establish the Nebraska Juvenile Services Pilot Project

As Introduced: The bill establishes a juvenile services pilot project to be carried out by the Office of Probation, and an evaluation of the project to be completed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health. The project will aim to serve juveniles in their communities, prevent unnecessary commitments of youth to the Office of Juvenile Services and deep penetration into the juvenile justice system, eliminate barriers to services, use the least restrictive and intrusive services possible with the safety of both community and juveniles in mind, reduce duplication, and increase the usage of evidence-based services.

Introducing Senator: Krist, Ashford, Campbell, Harr, Howard, McGill

Committee: Judiciary

Committee Hearing Date: January 26, 2012

Final Status:  Signed by Governor, April 5, 2012

Estimated Fiscal Impact: The bill transfers a total of $8,408,817 to the office of Probation from DHHS for the pilot project. The funding is dividing accordingly: $1,257,638 for the 12th Judicial District (Scottsbluff); $1,270,999 for the 11th Judicial District (North Platte); and $5,881,880 for the 4th Judicial District (Douglas County). The bill also appropriates $226,750 from General Funds to evaluate the Pilot Project.

Voices for Children’s Position: Support (see our testimony here).

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