From hiring additional parole officers to rethinking the state's Good Time laws, the architects of Nebraska's law books have a full plate in front of them as they craft a plan to change the criminal justice system.
The Good Time law was pushed to the forefront after Nikko Jenkins was charged with four murders that were committed just days afer he was released from prison over the summer.
Investigators say Jenkins terrorized Omaha for a month. He has become the poster convict for those who want to do away with the Good Time law that grants a prisoner one day credit for one day in prison. Being a good inmate has little to do with getting the benefit.
Jenkins served just half of his sentence, even though he assaulted corrections officers and started a riot. Investigators say he made it clear that he was going to be dangerous when he got out. The county attorney says Jenkins began a killing spree 12-days after he won release.
John Wells, with the Omaha Police Officers Association, says, "These violent offenders are released serving just a fraction of their sentence. The solution isn't just release people because we're already doing that. They need to take a long hard look at all the options because whatever they are doing now, it is not working."
While many are demanding major changes, there are some voices calling for fine-tuning rather than wholesale overhaul of a system in which rehabilitation is a key component.
Lincoln Public Safety Director Tom Casady says, "You have 5,000 people in custody. You're going to have some cases where something unforeseen and tragic happens."
Those who use inmates in work release, like Wayne Boles, owner of Lazlo's restaurant, believe there needs to be more in the way of programs available to those who have done their time and want to be productive.
Boles said, "The more we prepare these people with honest labor in the real world, the better it is for all of us."
The police union would argue that there are some people in the system who shouldn't be back on the street. The challenge for the people with their hands on the law books is figuring out who they are and how to deal with them.