Senator Warns Prison Overcrowding Is Still Growing

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A key state lawmaker says Nebraska’s severe prison overcrowding is only going to get worse over the next few years if state officials don’t take more aggressive steps to address the problem.

Senator Steve Lathrop of Omaha told the Legislature’s Appropriations committee Wednesday that the state’s prison population is projected to grow so fast that it will outpace the new beds that corrections officials are adding to try to ease pressure on their facilities.

Lathrop made the remarks as he proposed a new $52 million dollars Omaha community corrections facility to the members of the committee. Prison officials argue that the project wouldn’t help.