Lawmakers unveil plans to solve prison overcrowding
Minnesota lawmakers unveiled proposals to address prison overcrowding Wednesday, ranging from overhauling drug sentencing to creating more space for inmates by reopening a private prison.
The informal recommendations came from a task force convened in response to a sharp rise in the state's prison population over the past 15 years.
The Department of Corrections' 10 adult facilities are over capacity, and more than 500 inmates are being housed in county jails. Over the past six months, task force members have studied data and heard a wide range of testimony from prison officials and other experts on problems facing Minnesota's corrections system, as well as potential avenues to reduce the incarcerated population or expand capacity.