Heineman reinforces support for 'good time' reform

Mar 20, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Governor Dave Heineman says he still wants to see a reform of Nebraska's "good time" law in the Legislature's efforts to reform state prisons.

Heineman said Wednesday that he viewed the proposal as an important change. The current system automatically gives inmates one day of credit for every day served, effectively cutting their prison sentences in half. The Judiciary Committee advanced its prison reform bill without changes to the "good time" law earlier this month.

Heineman says prisoners should earn good time, rather than automatically receive good time. He backed a proposal that would require inmates convicted of crimes such as murder and sexual assault to maintain good behavior while incarcerated and to participate in rehabilitation programs. That bill is still in committee.

The bills are LB907 and LB832.

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