- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - State and Lancaster County officials are at odds over payments the county receives for housing juvenile offenders at the Youth Services Center in Lincoln.

Lancaster County says the state owes it more than $500,000. County officials also argue the state should pay more each day - $307 - for each young offender, according to Youth Services Center Director Sheli Schindler.

State officials disagree and say they are paying enough, but that they will negotiate a new contract.

Jeanne Brander, deputy administrator of the state Office of Probation Administration, said the state pays Lancaster County fairly at $276 per day. It’s the most it pays any county.

In Madison, the Northeast Nebraska Juvenile Services Center receives $200 each day. In Omaha, the Douglas County Youth Center gets $211 a day.

Nebraska law doesn’t require the probation office and Lancaster County to have a contract, Brander said.

Nebraska counties must now discuss rates with state probation officials instead of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1tHvQ4n ) reported.

In the 2013 legislative session, Nebraska senators transferred the oversight of juvenile offenders from the state’s health and human services to probation officers and juvenile court judges.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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