City officials back bill to revitalize HRC

The Hastings City Council and city administration are hoping to augment the momentum surrounding LB 999, a bill that would consider modernizing Building 7 at the Hastings Regional Center to house and rehabilitate criminals with mental illness.

The bill’s overall aim is to alleviate prison overcrowding and provide better rehabilitation programs for recovering and mentally ill inmates. Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings made LB 999 his priority bill last week.

“I think this would be a good fit for our city and would be an efficient way to revitalize our current facility, rather than spending the money to demolish or rebuild a new building,” Mayor Vern Powers said at the council’s meeting Tuesday.

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