Nebraska prisons seek crackdown on out-of-control contraband

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are making an aggressive new push to remove contraband from Nebraska’s largest prisons, but the task is more difficult than it seems.

Nebraska’s crackdown is the latest example of states trying to clamp down on drugs, weapons and cellphones that have become prevalent in prisons.

Prison experts say the age-old problem has worsened thanks to new technology that makes smuggling easier, persistent staffing shortages that make it nearly impossible to catch everything, and a few correctional workers and visitors who go to extreme lengths to sneak illegal items inside.

Authorities in Nebraska have enlisted help from state and local police and even the National Guard, but admit they have probably missed some illicit items.

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