Good Time Law Under Fire

Nebraska State Senator Beau McCoy says he plans to introduce legislation aimed at reforming Nebraska's Good Time law.

He said, "We cannot let four lives be lost in vain," in announcing the plan. The reference was to four homicides in Omaha. Authorities have charged Nikko Jenkins with the killings. He was released from prison under the good time provisions of state law shortly before the killings began.

"We cannot allow even one more person to come into harms-way like this again," McCoy said. "The law must protect society from monsters like this."

His intended legislation will include the following provisions:

  • Early releases based on good time must be earned by violent offenders, not automatically.
  • Good time credits for violent offenders can be taken away for violations of law or prison.
    rules and regulations

Senator McCoy said he also wants to examine the possibility of adding requirements by which a violent offender can earn good time. Those requirements could include, but not be limited to, no violent or potentially violent offenses or rules violations while incarcerated, and successfully complete any and all rehabilitation or training programs ordered by a judge or required by prison management.

The proposal is still in the formative stages.

The Legislature convenes January 8, 2014.

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