September 18, 2014

Omaha mayor wants changes to state’s “good time” law

The mayor of Nebraska’s largest city is calling on state lawmakers to make changes to what is known as the “good time” law. Mayor Jim Suttle says violent offenders and gang members have no business back on the streets and they should be kept behind bars for their entire sentence.

Mayor Suttle says police and prosecutors are doing their job to put violent offenders and gang members behind bars but the current state law is hindering their efforts. That “good time” law allows some inmates to serve only half of their minimum sentence.

He is asking the Omaha City Council to make a recommendation to the Legislature to do away with “good time” for these offenders.