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Deadline looms for Nebraska to reduce prison overcrowding

Dec 18, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska prison and parole officials say they're forging ahead with state-mandated plans to reduce overcrowding in the correctional system, but some lawmakers worry the agencies will miss a looming deadline, forcing them to take more drastic action.

The Department of Correctional Services and Board of Parole highlighted the steps they've taken in a report this month to the Legislature but offered few specifics on their progress so far.

Some lawmakers are concerned officials aren't doing enough to prepare and aren't letting senators know what they need to reduce prison populations.

Nebraska's corrections department has until July 1, 2020, to lower its inmate population to 140 percent of what all of its facilities were designed to hold. Right now, it's at 158 percent of capacity.