Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Daniel Thompson

Prison overcrowding reaches critical point

Nebraskan state prisons are currently at 151 percent capacity



Prison overcrowding remains a problem across much of the United States, including Nebraska, where state prisons are currently at 151 percent capacity.

With overcrowding in Nebraska state prisons reaching a critical point, state officials are seeking ways to reform the system.

According to a report by the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska state prisons are currently resting near 151 percent capacity.

As of June 30, the nine major state prison facilities throughout the state housed 4,796 inmates. However, they are only designed to hold 3,175.

Other states such as Kansas, Texas, Colorado, and South Carolina, which have faced the same problem of overcrowding, have greatly reduced their populations by diverting more drug offenders into treatment...

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