New Bill To Crack Down On Criminals

Julie Hawkins

New Bill To Crack Down On Criminals

CREATED Jan. 8, 2013

Omaha, NE - Omaha city leaders are planning to hold a news conference today to discuss a bill that would limit furlough and certain privileges to violent criminals. The proposed legislation would require corrections officials to notify police when inmates are being furloughed. 

Furloughs came into question back in September, when Omaha police shot and killed 29-year-old Jermaine Lucas.  He was a felon with a long arrest record and a known-gang member who had been released on a 48-hour furlough from the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

The Department of Corrections said Lucas qualified for a furlough, his 11th one, and had good behavior while in custody, but the Omaha police department was never notified that Lucas was on furlough.

Today's news conference starts at 10:00 a.m.  We will update you on line and on KMTV Action 3 News Live At Midday.