Nebraska Lawmakers Look to Ease Prison Overcrowding

ne-legislature-13(AP) — Nebraska’s prisons are woefully overcrowded, and one state lawmaker says the state will have to get creative to alleviate the problem.

Omaha Sen. Heath Mello says the state justice system will need big reforms to keep it from having to build a new prison. Mello’s comments came Friday during an informal meeting of several lawmakers looking for ways to address prison overcrowding.

Nebraska’s nine prisons have room for 3,175 inmates, but hold about 4,800 — about 151 percent of capacity. State prisons are projected to hit 171 percent by 2020, unless changes are made in how Nebraska treats offenders.

Some states have cut their prison populations by diverting more drug offenders into treatment programs and instituting sentencing reforms.

  • him

    legalize marijuana, there’s a start :)

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    • YourXTC

      All drugs period! 😉

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      • Tired Rancher/Farmer

        Just what we need——more dopes on dope!!

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        • Russel Stimpleton

          As long as they dont harm me or my family first hand they can be on whatever they want. Their money…their choice. You can only show them the door, but trying to force them through it almost never works the way one plans…

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  • http://windows7 Hsiato

    Why doesn`t Nebraska do like Russia does? If the prison is designed to hold 200 prisoners and a new one comes in, they take the oldest out and execute him. That is a great deterrent to go straight and not get tossed into prison.

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