$14.5M bill to address prison overcrowding advances in Legislature
State Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, the chief sponsor of the bill, said the measure could decrease prison overcrowding.
Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 am
LINCOLN — State lawmakers advanced a package of legislation Wednesday that aims to prevent construction of a pricey new prison and stave off lawsuits over Nebraska's chronically overcrowded prison system.
Backers of the proposals said that the $14.5 million measure should divert at least 473 inmates to less-costly probation in the first year, thus easing the crush of prison inmates.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 am.