FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, file photo guards observe inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, in Lincoln, Neb.
Nebraska officials are pushing for a new, $230 million prison to relieve inmate overcrowding, even as prison officials in other states close prisons.
Similar attempts to reduce Nebraska's prison population have repeatedly stalled because of opposition from prosecutors and law enforcement.
At a minimum, he said, the state needs to replace its oldest prison, the Nebraska State Penitentiary, built in 1869.
Nebraska's inmate population grew 27% between 2009 and 2019, while the state's overall population rose by 7%.