class="post-template-default single single-post postid-300753 single-format-standard custom-background group-blog header-image full-width singular wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.6 vc_responsive"

Lawmakers advance bill to address Nebraska’s prison problems

Lawmakers advance bill to address Nebraska’s prison problems
(Tempus fugit/iStock/Thinkstock)

Lincoln, Neb. — Lawmakers have advanced a package of bills designed to address Nebraska’s overcrowded prison system.

The measures that advanced Thursday would look at ways to address the system’s chronic understaffing, high recidivism rates and call for officials to prepare for an accelerated review process to handle an impending deadline to significantly reduce the prison population.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services reports that its prisons are filled to roughly 160 percent capacity

. Lawmakers imposed a July 1, 2020, deadline to lower that total to 140 percent of capacity, and state officials will have to consider paroling all eligible inmates if the population does not decrease.

No one spoke in opposition to the measure, and it advanced 37-1 to the second of three required votes.

© 2019 Nebraska Rural Radio Association. All rights reserved. Republishing, rebroadcasting, rewriting, redistributing prohibited. Copyright Information