Government
2:01 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Former corrections director: 'It was time to go'

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former director of Nebraska's corrections department told legislators investigating problems in the prison system that he resigned last fall because he had become controversial and "it was time to go."

The Lincoln Journal Star reports former director Robert Houston told a special investigative committee he left in September 2013 following criticism about actions by inmates outside the prison.

The committee is investigating the Department of Correctional Services' failure to follow two Nebraska Supreme Court rulings that limit when certain prisoners can be released.

The panel initially was formed to study the case of Nikko Jenkins, who was convicted of four murders soon after his release from prison.

Jenkins has said he wrote to Houston, promising to kill people after his release. Houston says he didn't see the letter.

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

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