Nebraskans are calling for changes in the judicial system regarding the release of prisoners with a violent past.
The most recent was the release of 26-year-old Nikko Jenkins on July 30th. Douglas County authorities say thirteen days later he went on a killing spree that ended with four dead. There have also been reported problems with those on furlough committing violent crimes as well as a deadly accident caused by an inmate driving a prison van.
State Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, chairman of the Legislative Judiciary Committee, says changes to the system regarding the release of violent offenders will be addressed in the next legislative session. However, Ashford says Nebraska is doing some things right when it comes to the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. He says 76% of those released from prison in Nebraska do not re-offend and that percentage is among the best in the nation.
Ashford says he does not know what the answers are to judicial reform but he says on January 1st there will be a package of bills that will address furloughs, the good-time law and guidelines on releasing violent offenders.