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Top Nebraska Officials Push to Examine Criminal Justice System
Nebraska’s three branches of government joined together last week to develop a long-term prison strategy to increase public safety. Governor Dave Heineman, Speaker of the Legislature Greg Adams and Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican announced the launch of Nebraska’s comprehensive study of the state’s criminal justice system. “We are looking for innovative and sensible solutions to our prison challenges,” says Heineman. “I’m pleased that we are beginning the work of this important project. I am hopeful that we can develop cost effective policies that will create a responsible long-term prison strategy and increase public safety.”
As of May 31, 2014, state prisons housed 5,175 people and were operating at 158 percent capacity. The prison population is projected to grow an additional 12 percent by 2023, according to the most recent forecast. “States across the nation are debunking the myth that if you want to reduce crime you have to build more prisons,” said Adam Gelb, director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project. “By looking at the state’s data and devising new strategies rooted in research, Nebraska leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to reduce crime and incarceration at the same time.” To read the entire article, click here.
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