Committee talks prison reform - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Committee talks prison reform

Posted: Updated:

By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Nebraska prisons are cramped. They're at 151 percent capacity right now, and have doubled over the past 20 years.

"People are getting out and committing significant crimes, the prison population is significantly in crisis and so we need a dramatic reform," State senator Brad Ashford said.

The Justice Reinforcement Committee, comprised of law enforcement, courts, and corrections system members, met today to discuss a solution.

Their main focus was more funding for transitional and mental health programming.

"The public safety aspect is potentially in crisis because of our lack of resources on the state level that deal with offenders," Ashford said.

Which means making sure they don't commit a crime again, especially within the first three months after their release. That's when they're most at risk of getting picked back up.

Ashford said an enhanced probation or program might help.

"They have to find a job, they have to pay for services, they have to do these things, and it works," he said.

 The committee did talk about the possibility of a new prison and reforming the Good Time Law, but right now they're focusing on coming up with a plan, and not making any big decisions yet.

Their next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 25.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Lincoln police officer under investigation for sexual assault

    Lincoln police officer under investigation for sexual assault

    The incident was reported to have begun with a prior contact in an official capacity. We are actively cooperating with their criminal investigation. Any criminal or inappropria...

    More >>

    The incident was reported to have begun with a prior contact in an official capacity. We are actively cooperating with their criminal investigation. Any criminal or inappropria...

    More >>
  • UPDATE: Lincoln garage explosion injures 2 men

    UPDATE: Lincoln garage explosion injures 2 men

    UPDATE: Lincoln garage explosion injures 2 men

    Lincoln Fire and Rescue are responding to an apparent garage explosion at a home at 45th and South Streets.

    More >>

    Lincoln Fire and Rescue are responding to an apparent garage explosion at a home at 45th and South Streets.

    More >>
  • 24 vehicles vandalized over weekend

    24 vehicles vandalized over weekend

    Contact police at 402-441-6000 or leave an anonymous tip with with Lincoln Crimestoppers. 

    More >>

    Contact police at 402-441-6000 or leave an anonymous tip with with Lincoln Crimestoppers. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.