By J.L. Schmidt
Statehouse Correspondent Nebraska Press Association 

Legislature moves toward building a prison, caution remains


April 27, 2023

The Legislature's Appropriations Committee has signed off on providing the funds to build a $366 million prison in the Lincoln-Omaha area just as the Department of Corrections brings on a new director who appears to favor programming and investing in the humanity of the incarcerated.

That brings some hope to a small but fierce band of senators who don't think building is the best way out of the problem for the nation's most overcrowded prison system. The money is a big part of the budget which lawmakers must pass before they adjourn this session for good.

If approved, the budget will trans...

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