NE Official Says Prison Reforms Don’t Go Far Enough


Proposed prison reforms won't do enough to reduce overcrowding in the Nebraska prison system that was described as “scary” in a discussion with state lawmakers on Monday, reports the Omaha World-Herald. State Ombudsman Marshall Lux, whose office handles complaints about the Department of Correctional Services, said the state needs to consider adding prison beds to cut into overcrowding that now hovers at around 60 percent over capacity.

Lux said that continued overcrowding — such as housing more than three times as many inmates as intended in the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln — is not only unacceptable but risks unrest among inmates and civil rights lawsuits against the state. The comments came during a preliminary discussion by the Appropriations Committee of the budget for the Corrections Department, one of the top issues during the 2015 legislative session.

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