Other states have different approaches to prison reform

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Oklahoma has decided to alleviate prison overcrowding by releasing inmates doing time for some non-violent offenses. And, they have lessened some penalties on those same crimes to avoid sending more inmates into the system in the future.

In Nebraska, we’re giving hiring bonuses to attract guards and forcing mandatory 12-hour shifts. The prison system remains at 159 percent of capacity at one institution, but wages and work hours have created a bigger staffing crisis, which has attracted the attention of the system’s top brass and Governor.

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