Ex-inmate who'd been returned to Nebraska prison after wrongful release complains of process

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — A 40-year-old Beatrice man who had been released early and in error from prison got his day in the Nebraska's highest court.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1Fe68bb ) that Kena Jackson was in the courtroom Thursday as his lawyer asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to rule that a judge didn't have authority to send Jackson back to prison after the Department of Correctional Services had issued him a discharge certificate. Jackson was returned to prison without going before the judge or receiving a hearing.

Assistant Nebraska Attorney General James Smith told the judges that Jackson had no right to be free because "he was only free because of a negligent error."

The court didn't rule on Thursday.


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

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