Governor Dave Heineman sent a letter to the Douglas County Attorney Thursday stating if a decision is made to seek the death penalty for suspected serial killer Nikko Jenkins he would support it. Governor Heineman says it is also time to take a good, hard look at the state’s “good-time” law.
The “good time” law was passed in 1992 and states the time served will be equal to the minimum sentence cut in half. Governor Heineman would like to see the law changed so inmates earn their good time instead of having it automatically handed to them.
Governor Heineman says he received a call from Omaha State Senator Brad Ashford this morning who stated he was contacted by other state senators who also support changing the law. He is also hoping to take a look at other laws on the books allow violent criminals back on the streets.
Governor Heineman says a special session of the legislature is not needed as it will take time for lawmakers to draft new legislation and it likely wouldn’t be ready until the start of the 2014 session.