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Heineman "Good time should be earned"

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Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is ready to crack down on criminals and the good time credit they automatically get when they get sentenced to prison.
 
Heineman is calling on lawmakers to enact reforms that require violent offenders to earn good time instead of receiving it automatically.

Additionally... He has approved a rule-change that doubles the amount of credit prisoners could lose for misbehavior. It goes into effect Saturday.
 
"But at the end of the day you got to reform the law," says Heineman. "The law right now- which Senator (Ernie) Chambers got passed in the 1990s - says the moment you walk into prison- even though you're a bad guy- says you get good time. I believe you should earn it. Most of Nebraskans believe that and that is the part we need to reform."
 
The loss of good time comes after the arrest of Nikko Jenkins, who is accused of four Omaha-area slayings after his release from prison.
 
Jenkins had threatened violence while incarcerated and begged corrections officials to commit him to a mental health institution.

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