Corrections Department Will Certify Overcrowding Emergency July 1


The state needs a new prison to help remedy inmate overcrowding, Department of Corrections Director Scott Frakes said Thursday.

But he wasn’t quite ready to announce he would proceed with the next steps toward building one by issuing a request for proposals.

“At the point that my budget goes forward in September,” he said, “that’s when it will all be public.”

In the meantime, as the director nears the July 1 date in which he must, by state law, certify the prisons are over 140% of design capacity, he said the department and the Nebraska Board of Parole are continuing to get about 800 inmates who are parole eligible ready for release.


By: Published: Tribune Ledger News

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