NEBRASKA LOOKS TO DISMISS MAJOR PORTIONS OF LAWSUIT FILED OVER PRISON OVERCROWDING

The state of Nebraska asked a federal judge to dismiss much of a federal civil rights lawsuit citing “extreme” overcrowding in the Nebraska prison system. The state’s motion to dismiss says that the ACLU “over reached” in their lawsuit. Attorney General Doug Peterson asked that all claims made against the state parole board be dismissed as well as any allegations based on the federal civil rights act. After years of threatening to sue, the ACLU filed their lawsuit last August. Alleging that the prisons being at 160% of capacity have led to cruel treatment and death of inmates and assaults on prison staff. The ACLU’s attorneys will have until Dec 11th to respond to the state of Nebraska.