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Inmate visitation to resume at state prisons
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Inmate visitation to resume at state prisons


Family and friends of inmates in the state's prisons will be able to resume visits starting the week of July 13.

Director Scott Frakes said details are still being worked out to allow for visitation after it was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus.

“Social distancing will be maintained and visitors will be required to undergo our screening process and wear masks throughout the duration of those visits,” Frakes said in a news release.

Of 694 inmates tested so far in all 10 facilities, eight inmates have had positive results and none have required hospitalization as a result of a positive test. Testing will continue as part of the Test Nebraska program.

Twenty staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and all but one has recovered.

On Monday, the Lancaster County Department of Corrections reopened its main lobby and resumed public video visits, along with in-person visits for attorneys and other professionals.

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