prisons

Government
7:59 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Prison reform bills draw criticism

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson speaks Thursday at a news conference about two prison reform bills in the Legislature.
Credit 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.

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Government
2:29 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Nebraska bill to scale back mandatory minimums advances

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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Government
7:43 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Nebraska to move away from manual prison-term calculations

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections department is upgrading its computer software to calculate more prison sentences automatically following news last year that hundreds of inmates were released too early.

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Government
2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Panel calls for reforms, firings in prison system

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska legislative committee is calling for more prison administrators to lose their jobs as part of an overhaul of the Department of Correctional Services.

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Government
1:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Nebraska gets plan for easing prison crunch

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A research group says its $33 million plan to expand probation and other programs could save Nebraska more than nine times as much in prison construction and operation over the next several years.

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Government
8:28 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Parole head says she was pressured to parole more

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The chairwoman of Nebraska's parole board says a former prisons director pressured her into paroling more inmates in an effort to reduce crowding.

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Government
1:58 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

No criminal charges against Dept. of Corrections employees involved in sentencing scandal

No criminal charges will be filed against Department of Corrections employees involved in a scandal over miscalculation of prison sentences.

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Nebraska
8:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Judge: State inmates not entitled to minimum wage

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Nebraska prisoner who argued that he should be making minimum wage for his work behind bars.

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Government
1:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Furlough program released violent inmates early

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The chairman of a legislative committee says 162 Nebraska inmates convicted of violent crimes were freed early under a furlough program.

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Government
8:26 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Consultant recommends $262M in prison projects

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A consultant is recommending that Nebraska expand its three prison facilities and add beds to ease overcrowding, at a projected cost of nearly $262 million.

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