The family of a woman
killed in a crash involving a Nebraska prison inmate has filed a legal claim
against the state, saying officials need to be held responsible for the
prisoner who was allowed to drive a state-owned van.
The claim is
the first step toward a lawsuit for the death of Joyce Meeks, of
Lincoln. Meeks was killed on June 5 when a state-owned van driven by inmate Jeremy
Dobbe as part of a prison program struck her minivan.
Meeks' son, Martell Buchanan, says
his family wants answers about why officials let Dobbe drive other
inmates to and from work-release assignments. Dobbe is serving time for
possession of methamphetamine, and has past convictions for DUI and
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services utilized the inmate driver program since 1985, but decided to terminate it about a month after the accident, once the incident could be reviewed.