Jailhouse Cats

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:55am

Nebraska jail uses cats to bring out warm and fuzzy side of inmates.

For the past week, inmates at Nebraska's Lincoln County Jail have been volunteering their time at the animal shelter, but little did they know on Tuesday they would be walking out with something else.

The jail has adopted two cats that will live with inmates.

Nemo is now the newest resident to occupy the work release cell block.

"We got their mug shots and put them in a couple of cells where we thought they would be better received. We have a list of cat rules that have been laminated for caring for the cat such as cleaning their litter box, but they are waiting in line to take care of the cat," says Sheriff Jerome Kramer.

Nemo is not the only cat roaming the cells.

There is also Sarge.

He lives in minimum security.

"The studies show that it will help with relieving stress and give them something to do something to occupy their time," Sheriff Kramer says.

"They bring out the soft part in you just like your kids do," says inmate Guy Meyers.

Even the staff can't help but to warm up to their new furry teammates.

"Our staff loves the idea. It's a really good deal," says Chief Deputy Roland Kramer.
 

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