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Nebraska’s prison population increased by 34 percent between 1995 and 2005, and its corrections budget nearly tripled.[i] In 2006 and 2007, Nebraska began addressing this by enhancing the availability of less costly, community-based options for nonviolent offenders. Policymakers created the Community Corrections Council that launched new day and night reporting centers established by the state’s Community Corrections Council. Governor Dave Heineman, a Republican, praised these centers and emphasized the state’s commitment to community corrections, which he said “can help provide better results than simply building more maximum-security prisons in our state.”[ii]

While this initiative resulted in fewer nonviolent, low-risk offenders, particularly drug possession offenders, entering Nebraska prisons, the state continues to face prison overcrowding. There are nine lockups that are currently over 140 percent of capacity, which triggers automatic notification to the governor.[iii] Faced with the overflowing prisons and a tight budget, corrections officials are looking at various policy options that would address budgetary and capacity pressures while improving public safety.


[i] Nebraska Profile, Pew Center on the States, http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/uploadedFiles/Nebraska.pdf.
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] JoAnne Young, “Prisons look to parole 260 to ease crowding,” Lincoln Journal-Star, 6 Nov. 2010, http://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_da5871dc-ea0d-11df-9b8e-001cc4c03286.html.

Right on Crime Signatories Applaud Nebraska’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Right on Crime | April 28, 2016
Nebraska is the most recent state to require a criminal conviction before law enforcement can forfeit someone’s property. A thorough explanation of civil asset forfeiture, as well as specifics…

Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Been Eliminated in the Cornhusker State

Michael Haugen | April 20, 2016
In a boon to innocent property owners in the Cornhusker State, Nebraska has become the 10th state in the country to require a criminal conviction in all or most…

Securing Nebraska: Correctional Policy Improvements in the Cornhusker State

Marc Levin | April 24, 2015
Applying successful reforms from other states can help Nebraska improve public safety and control costs in the state’s correctional system. Currently the state’s prisons are operating well over capacity,…

Marc Levin on ‘Drive Time Lincoln’ with Kevin Thomas

Right on Crime | February 12, 2014
Marc Levin spoke with KLIN’s ‘Drive Time Lincoln’ to discuss public safety and post-incarceration employment in Nebraska.

Nebraska’s “fresh look on reform”

Right on Crime | February 10, 2014
In this segment of Nebraska’s KNOP-TV, ROC policy director Marc Levin proposes three solutions for improving the state’s criminal justice system.

In State of the Judiciary, Nebraska’s top judge calls for more prison alternatives

Right on Crime | January 17, 2014
Smart criminal justice reform works. 82% of graduates of Nebraska’s Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision program had jobs, and 91% were still crime-free a year later. Click here to read…

Omaha World Herald: Nebraska prisons failing at rehabilitation programs

Right on Crime | January 12, 2014
Right on Crime Policy Director Marc Levin is quoted in this Omaha World Herald article that discusses the inadequacies of Nebraska’s prison system. Marc Levin, who helped guide a prison reform…

Podcast with Nebraska Senator Brad Ashford

Right on Crime | July 17, 2013
In this podcast, Senator Brad Ashford of Nebraska speaks about LB 561, a bill that institutes major reforms of the Nebraska juvenile justice system. Read more

Freighters Fined For Cartel Crimes?

Right on Crime | June 29, 2011
One of Nebraska’s largest companies, Union Pacific Railroad, now owes the federal government $400 million, according to an AP article. The railroad is not liable because of bailouts, loans,…

Send Nebraska’s State Inmates to County Jail?

Right on Crime | November 26, 2010
According to The Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska may seek to alleviate its prison overcrowding crisis (the state prison system is 40% over capacity) by transferring the inmates to county jails.…
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