Governor Heineman to Propose Changes to Nebraska's Good Time Law
CREATED Jan. 13, 2014
LINCOLN - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and Attorney General Jon Bruning will propose a prison reform measure that would eliminate automatic "good time" credit for violent offenders.
The Republican governor and attorney general announced Monday that they will submit "earned time" legislation for lawmakers to consider this year.
The measure would apply to inmates convicted of murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, or one of at least seven other major crimes.
The "earned time" bill would require violent inmates to maintain good behavior while incarcerated and participate in rehabilitation programs recommend by corrections officials.
The state's "good time" system generally gives inmate one day of credit for every day served, effectively cutting their sentences in half.
Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha will sponsor the proposal.
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