Bill to Address Prison Overcrowding Advances



Supporters of proposed changes to Nebraska's prison system argue that providing more services to inmates can help reduce recidivism and lead to a drop in the state's prison population.  Lawmakers have advanced a bill designed to address overcrowding in the state's prison system. The bill faces two more votes in front of the Legislature.   Nebraska's prisons were at 156 percent of their capacity as of Feb. 28.   The bill would increase funding for vocational training, mental health and substance abuse services.   Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, who sponsored the bill, says it is a start to addressing prison overcrowding without building a new prison.