Reforms Meant to Ease Prison Overcrowding

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Don’t sweat it, at least not yet, a blue-ribbon panel of state officials was told Thursday.

Reforms enacted in 2015 to reduce overcrowding in Nebraska prisons haven’t worked as quickly as projected, but that’s not unusual, said officials with the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments, which helped craft the changes.

Another state, Pennsylvania, that enacted similar reforms, saw two years pass before prison overcrowding figures began to decrease significantly, said Bree Derrick, a program director at the Justice Center, which has helped about 25 other states craft such reforms.

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