Omnibus prison reform bill advances

The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill that seeks to address overcrowding of the state’s prisons. 

Under LB 841 advanced on Tuesday, corrections and the State Board of Parole would be required to devise a plan, by Dec. 1, on how to deal with, or avoid, such an emergency… 

The bill advanced on Tuesday also allows corrections to continue to house some state inmates at county jails across the state. About 112 inmates per day, on average, were housed in county jails last year as a stop-gap measure until sentencing reforms passed by the Legislature in 2015 kick in and reduce prison populations.

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Text of LB841

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