The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 11, 1998, Page 6, Image 6
Report: Prisons to be less crowded ■ Gov. Nelson announced that by the year 2000, more resources should exist. By Josh Funk Senior staff writer Nebraska prisons will be less crowded by the year 2000, according to a pnson population study released Tuesday. Gov. Ben Nelson attributed the decline in projected prison popula tion to the construction of new facili ties and stiffer crime control mea sures. “The forecast shows we’ll have the resources needed beyond 2000,” Nelson said. The most recent study, completed in July 1996, projected the state prison population at 4,419 inmates in I the year 2000. But with some changes in legisla tion and crime rates, this year’s pro jections put the 2000 prison popula tion at 3,707. Nebraska’s crime and growth, rates have leveled off in recent years, and the Legislature has changed some sentencing laws, all of which contributed to fewer inmates, Nelson 'said. Nebraska prisons are now operat ing at 146 percent of their designed capacity, Nelson said. And if this year’s projections hold true, Nebraska’s prisons will be down to 112 percent of their designed capacity by 2001. Steve King, Department of Corrections research and planning director, said prisons usually operate 20 to 40 percent above their design capacities at an occupational capaci ty level. I Prison capacity has been increased over the past few years with the addition of two new housing units at the state penitentiary and more beds in prisons statewide. The ^construction of the new prison in Tecumseh and a work camp in McCook will help alleviate over crowding, Nelson said. Also, this year’s study does not include the community corrections programs being developed across the state, King said. Community correc tions programs offer an alternative to prison for nonviolent offenders. “Community corrections is still in its infancy,” King said. Nebraska communities still are submitting plans to develop community correc tions programs. With these numbers, Nelson said Nebraska may not have to invest in additional prisons until after the turn of the century. US. veterans remember past service with pride | VETERANS from page 1; For Gallardo and Wilson, Veterans Day gives the nation a chance to share in that pride. The holiday got its start on Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. when Western nations signed an armistice in Versailles, France, that ended World War I. In ceremonies around the world, unknown soldiers who died during what was then considered the most deadly and devastating war ever were buried in places of national signifi cance: Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris; and in Westminster Abbey in London. Those ceremonies celebrated the peace after World War I, which was coined as “the war to end all wars.” Congress named Nov. 11 Armistice Day in 1926 and made it a national hol iday in 1938 - the same year Adolf Hitler’s Nazi troops invaded Czechoslovakia, setting up the world for its second international conflict within 25 years. After the death of thousands of troops in World War II and die Korean War, then-President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill making Nov. 11 Veterans Day - a day to remember the men and women who gave all or part of their lives to represent the United States in its military pursuits. The day also recognizes those who served in more recent battles like the Vietnam War and the Persian GulfWar. But Wilson and Gallardo said younger generations are out of touch with the meaning of war and what it means to respect the nation’s veterans. Wilson said the blame falls on the public school system, which has toiled to teach what it means to fight a war t during a period of relatively little inter national conflict Max West, who served 27 years with the U.S/Air Force, said policy makers and politicians also disrespect veterans by taking back promises to provide health care and other needs to soldiers who have returned home. West, a World War II veteran, said the United States’ lack of economic sup port for homeless or impoverished veter ans shows how little the younger genera tion understands lessons of the past Wilson also said toe federal govern ment, made up of baby boomers and politicians from those younger genera tions, is selling its veterans short “That tells us that toe government can make promises, and with the stroke of a pen they can take them away.” Those problems are on toe minds of VFW members Wilson, Gallardo and West as they travel across toe state to speak at civic ceremonies and public school convocations today. Nevertheless, Veterans Day remains an important part ofhighlight ing the soldiers’ selfless service to their country and nation, they said Wilson said presentation of the Stars and Stripes, singing of toe nation al anthem and recitation of toe Pledge of Allegiance show more than token support for the thousands of war veter ans in toe United States. “Despite our faults, we still live in toe greatest country there is,” he said. “There’s just so many things the younger generation doesn’t under stand.” UNL activities to promote Native American Month EVENTS from page 1 Library and continues through Dec. 12. The exhibit, which will have an accompanying symposium Saturday, has been in the planning stages for months and was not planned specifi cally to go along with Native American Month celebrations, said Linda Ratcliffe, spokeswoman for the Center for Great Plains Studies. But Jones said students should take advantage of the coincidence and attend the exhibit and Saturday’s sym posium, which run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will feature lectures orjr diffeient aspects of the photographs. Other features of the month are the Pow Wow and Native American Speakers Day, which is being held in conjunction with Red Letter Day for American Indian high school seniors. The event brings together six American Indian leaders who work in a variety of fields, said Amy Bearskin, organizer of the event The speakers will provide insight to American Indian students and give other students a chance to understand the American Indian culture beyond everyday stereotypes, Bearskin said. The culmination of all the events will be the UNITE - University Program Council sponsored Pow Wow at the Nebraska Union beginning Nov. 21 and running through Nov. 29. Jones said that while attending events during Native American Month and celebrating American Indian cul ture is important, people should partic ipate in any activity that raises aware ness about another culture. E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues A cooperative project of The Cooper Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Africa: Environmental Conservation, Development and Human Rights Hitchcock will address major issues facing the African continent, including international pressure for wildlife and habitat conservation in the face of growing needs of Africa’s people for land, jobs and resources. As questions arise about human rights and social justice, small-scale, community-centered programs are being established to help alleviate poverty and conserve diverse societies and ecosystems. r \ •' •• ** International Affairs Division of Continuing Studies Department of Academic Conferences and Professional Programs y Robert K. Hitchcock Chair and Associate Professor. Anthropology. University of Nebtaska-Uncoln Free admission Thursday, Nov. 12 3:30 p.m. Lied Center tor Performing Arts 12th and R Streets Lincoln, Neb. The University of Nebraska is an affirmative aotion/equal opportunity institution / fir —■ _ I mfim l*boy’s T°P ______ Z™ RlS*’s L**t ChaTce8" ' mm* Welcomes all Nebraska r .a to AggieviZ 3ns ^ w^sendpo, F*"ZN^**‘3th I . P»s«n r - Dance from 6 p.m. til 10:30 p.m. in the street in front of Last Chance and KJ’s Dance Club. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14TH NO TICKETS-NO PROBLEM Watch the game on one of Rusty’s 18 T.V.’s or on Rusty’s 9ft Big Screen, the largest in the ville. Get Down Early - Rusty’s opens at the break of dawn Saturday morning. NO COVER CHARGE • A BAR WITH ATMOSPHERE - ’ . '■ . V • • - - - • I-! Need a Lawyer? 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