Prisons still overcrowded, Is there any relief? CAPITOL VIEW The state’s prisons remain overcrowded. They are short-staffed and the current employees are overworked. Assaults on staff continue. The watched pot continues to boil. Nebraska’s prison system currently has 2,127 more inmates than design capacity, putting it at 163% capacity. If that number doesn’t go down, Nebraska must declare a ...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!