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Nebraska Prison Officials Suspend Inmate Driving Program

Nebraska Prison Officials Suspend Inmate Driving Program

CREATED Jun. 28, 2013

LINCOLN - The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says it has suspended a program that allows inmates to drive state-owned vans to shuttle other inmates to work-release sites.

The suspension, which took effect Friday, follows Tuesday's fatal crash involving a prison van. Authorities say 35-year-old inmate driver Jeremy Dobbe hit a minivan, killing its driver, 47-year-old Joyce Meeks.
 
A brief news release Friday from the prisons department says a "careful and thorough review of the program is underway."
 
Effective immediately, department staff will be used to transport inmates to work-release sites.
 
On Thursday, the department said via a news release that inmate van drivers undergo a review of their driving records and criminal history before being allowed to drive.
 
Online court records show Dobbe had several DUI and reckless driving convictions.
 
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