2019 Nebraska LB 686
This new law, signed by the governor on May 31, 2019, restricts the use of restrictive housing. After March 1, 2020, the Department of Correctional Services can no longer place members of vulnerable populations in restrictive housing. Vulnerable populations include people who are 18 years of age or younger, pregnant, or diagnosed with a serious mental illness, developmental disability, or traumatic brain injury. The law does allow for members of vulnerable populations to be assigned to restrictive housing for purposes of protection. The law also requires the director of corrections to meet with a long-term restrictive housing workgroup—including NCDS health services staff, RH staff, and other correctional staff, certain members of the legislature, a person formerly incarcerated in an NCDS facility, and other members appointed by the governor.—to share data about all people who were held in restrictive housing during the prior year, before reporting this data to the Governor and legislature.
Keywords: RH, TBI, SMI, DD, protective custody, reports, legislation.