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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's prison system is facing a staffing crisis that it may not be able to overcome amid a statewide nursing shortage and the state's relatively low wages.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The state corrections director says transforming Nebraska's prisons must begin by expanding and improving lower-security facilities.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man who was sentenced to death in Maryland but later exonerated by DNA evidence is urging Nebraska lawmakers to adopt statewide standards for the use of law enforcement photo lineups.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska is overusing solitary confinement on juveniles and warns that policies on how it is enforced vary widely throughout the state.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of an inmate accused of attacking a prison caseworker with the worker's own pepper spray — despite the prison's destruction of both the spray and surveillance video of the attack before trial.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska advocacy group has called on the state prison system to bulk up its inmate educational programs to better prepare inmates for jobs and prevent further crimes.

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Attorney General's Office and the Johnson County Attorney say charges have been filed against five inmates in connection with a May riot at the prison in Tecumseh that left two inmates dead.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who investigated the state prison system last week say they saw so many problems that they may have to continue direct oversight of the department for years.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections director is facing criticism for spending more than $54,000 on foreign-made lethal injection drugs in May that the state still hasn't received.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska prison officials say they're still working to comply with the recommendations of a report that evaluated what went wrong during a May riot that left two inmates dead.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former guard at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution accused of trying to smuggle drugs to inmates has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 74-year-old inmate at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln has died.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has denied the legal requests of two men ordered back to prison last year after being wrongly released because state officials had miscalculated their sentences.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative staffer who helped investigate Nebraska's corrections department will now serve as an official state watchdog for the agency.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An envelope filled with cornstarch forced a Nebraska prison to close its entrance for nearly two hours while authorities investigated the suspicious item.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nearly three months after a deadly Nebraska prison riot, corrections officers and caseworkers are still working mandatory 12-hour emergency shifts.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says that of 390 prisoners who have or will be released between June 10 and Aug. 31, more than two dozen had miscalculated release dates.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State and community leaders say the state needs to reduce disparities in the number of minorities in Iowa's criminal justice system, and they hope an upcoming summit will focus attention on the issue.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services is planning to interview 300 employees as part of a "culture study" to make changes within the problem-plagued agency.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A report investigating a deadly riot at a Nebraska prison says too many inmates were outside their cells at the time of the incident.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections department is reviewing 2,000 prisoner sentences for accuracy after discovering that some inmates received credit they shouldn't have.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska authorities say an inmate on death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, had died in custody.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's state corrections director says a prison struck by a weekend riot will remain under lockdown until the threat of further disturbances has passed.

The Tecumseh State Correctional Institution remains on lockdown, but inmates are now allowed to shower and use the phone.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill to eliminate some of Nebraska's mandatory minimum prison sentences and habitual criminal punishments has advanced by the narrowest of margins.

State officials are promising to investigate a weekend prison revolt at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution that left two inmates dead.

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — Two inmates were found dead at a maximum security prison in Tecumseh after officers regained control of the facility.

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — Smoke no longer can be seen coming from a southeast Nebraska prison that's at least partly under the control of inmates.

Prison reform bills draw criticism

Apr 17, 2015
Katie Knapp Schubert / KIOS-FM

Efforts to do away with mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes and end the death penalty in Nebraska are being met with criticism.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An effort to scale back the use of mandatory minimum prison sentences in Nebraska has won first-round approval from lawmakers.

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