Latest Prison overcrowding News

Eastern Nebraska eyed as location for proposed new prison

Jan. 08, 2022 15:05 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The head of the state prison system on Friday said he's considering six sites in eastern Nebraska near Omaha for a new prison. The prison system announced possible locations in Douglas, Dodge, and Lancaster counties for a new 1,512-bed prison, the Omaha...

Indiana lawmakers eye returning to more prison sentences

Jan. 08, 2022 10:27 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A big jump in Indiana county jail overcrowding has state lawmakers looking to partially roll back a nearly decade-old criminal sentencing overhaul and let judges send more people convicted of low-level felonies into state prisons. An Indiana House committee...

Report: Long sentences a factor in Nebraska prison crowding

Jan. 06, 2022 18:33 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Long prison sentences and mandatory minimums are major contributors to Nebraska's chronic prison overcrowding, according to a report released Thursday, but lawmakers made clear that they disagree over how to fix the problem. The report by the Crime and Justice...

Thai inmates riot to demand better COVID-19 treatment

Dec. 17, 2021 08:18 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of inmates set fire at a prison in southern Thailand in a riot over demands for better medical care for those suffering from COVID-19, officials said Friday. Some 400 inmates at Krabi’s main provincial prison became violent late Thursday night when a core...

Burundi says prison fire kills 38 inmates in Gitega

Dec. 07, 2021 09:58 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s government says 38 prisoners have been killed in a fire Tuesday morning in Gitega, the country’s political capital. Vice President Prosper Bazombanza announced the deaths. More than 60 other people have been injured and the death toll could rise....

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Dec. 01, 2021 14:03 PM EST

Dothan Eagle. November 27, 2021. Editorial: New penitentiaries, same old hellholes Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report alleging constitutional violations in the Alabama prison system. DOJ cited overcrowding in the state’s...

DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

Nov. 24, 2021 15:33 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved since the federal government warned the state of unconstitutional conditions three years ago and that male inmates continue to live in deadly and dangerous conditions. ...

Atlanta, Fulton County look to cut jail population

Nov. 14, 2021 12:08 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The City of Atlanta and Fulton County have a new tool in place that officials hope will help cut overcrowding in the county jail. Representatives from each government celebrated last week at the Atlanta City Detention Center, part of which will become the...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Oct. 25, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. Oct. 24, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska cattle sector can build on its tradition of innovation to tackle its challenges Modern agriculture is constantly innovating. Nebraska’s $10 billion cattle industry must draw on that...