Request for extra $12.6M lacks plan to ease Nebraska prison overcrowding

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Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — Chronic prison overcrowding has prompted Nebraska corrections officials to request an additional $12.6million over two years to cover the additional medical care, food and building maintenance needed for the crush of inmates.

But two state senators called the request incomplete because it didn't address how to reduce the swollen prison population, which was 50.6 percent above capacity Friday, or about 1,600 inmates over design capacity.

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