Report: Nebraska needs to expand prison facilities

By: AP
By: AP

Lincoln, NE (AP) - A consultant is recommending that Nebraska expand its prison facilities to accommodate overcrowding.

The report to Nebraska lawmakers suggests a new 300-bed community corrections building in Omaha, a 200-bed addition to the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln and 340 additional beds for elderly and mentally ill inmates at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln.

The report by Dewberry Architects also recommends additional space for food service, corrections programs and dining facilities. It was produced as part of the Department of Correctional Services' efforts to develop a long-term plan.

Nebraska's correctional facilities held a total of 4,918 inmates as of Jan. 31. That's nearly 155 percent of their total design capacity.

Lawmakers are likely to consider prison reforms this year, but many have expressed opposition to building new facilities.

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