Governor Dave Heineman said Wednesday in an open letter and on 10/11 News at Noon with Abby Turpin that he will pursue changes to Nebraska's system of awarding "good time" to prisoners. This, in the wake of high-profile murders committed by an inmate who was released, despite a history of disciplinary problems.
Heineman made the announcement in an open letter to Sen. Heath Mello, of Omaha, who has criticized the Department of Correctional Services under Heineman's watch for not proposing any changes and failing to address prison overcrowding.
The "good time" law gives prisoners a day of credit for every day they spend behind bars. A Heineman spokeswoman says the governor believes good time should be earned, not given automatically.
The announcement came in the wake of four Omaha murders allegedly committed by Nikko Jenkins shortly after he was released from prison in July.
The Governor also talked today about his support of the death penalty, specifically citing Jenkins' crimes, as well as Anthony Garcia, who is accused of murdering Dr. Roger Brumback, Mary Brumback, Thomas Hunter, and Shirlee Sherman.