Inmate's Family Fights to Bring Him Home

BEATRICE, Neb.-- When 40-year-old Kena Jackson was released from prison, he moved to Beatrice to get a fresh start.

But after eight months of freedom and a life that included a job and taking care of a one-year-old baby, Jackson was placed back into custody.

"We just started our lives together and they just ripped him away," said Jackson's fiance' Breanna McCall. "I don't understand what they mean when he has to serve two more years when he did a flat 10, I don't get it."

Jackson is in the middle of the Department of Corrections mix-up that lead to the early release of dozens of inmates.

Many of them had already carried out their minimum sentences, and had spent enough time out of prison to qualify for "good time" and remain out or be paroled.

But Jackson, a habitual criminal, does not accumulate "good time" until after his minimum sentence of 10 years is carried out. He was released early.

"You the State let him out," said Jackson's future mother-in-law Stephanie Smith. "You released him and now because of your miscalculation you have affected my family."

Jackson, however, is eligible for parole, but he will need a public hearing which must be requested 60 days in advance.

"If he's got to do two more years there's no reason for him be locked up and us paying for it when he's got a job," said Smith. "Have him come back into society and earn his own keep. You got to parole him parole him, but let's do it and get it over with."

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