Corrections director: Department won’t reach de-population goal by 2020 Nebraska’s prison system is still overcrowded – at least158 percent of design capacity at the latest count. That’s 5,338 people in facilities designed to hold 3,375. In 2015, lawmakers gave the Department of Corrections until July 1, 2020 to reduce that number to 140 percent or declare an emergency. Such emergency ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!