Nebraska prisons director ends inmate-driving program
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Ten days after a fatal crash involving an inmate-driven prison van, the director of the state's prisons department has ended the program that allowed inmates to drive state-owned vans to ferry other inmates to and from work-release sites. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Robert Houston announced the demise of the program Friday at a news conference in Lincoln. The program had already been suspended last Friday, three days after investigators say a prison van driven by 35-year-old inmate Jeremy Dobbe hit a minivan, killing its driver, 47-year-old Joyce Meeks. Houston said Friday that inmates who are assigned to work detail jobs will be transported by department staff from now on.