“We cannot let four lives be lost in vain.” That from Elkhorn State Senator Beau McCoy who is making it a priority to change Nebraska’s “good time” law. He is referring to four murders in August in Omaha and the suspect Nikko Jenkins who was released from prison, on “good time” just a few weeks before.
Senator McCoy says “good time” should not be a given. Right now everyone sentenced to prison only serves half of the assigned time under Nebraska’s current law. Senator McCoy would like that “good time” to be earned for good behavior. That includes no violent or potentially violent offenses or rules violations while incarcerated and successful completion of all rehabilitation or training programs ordered by the judge or prison management. He says good time credits for violent offenders can also be taken away for violations of law or prison rules and regulations.
Senator McCoy the reforms need to include the death penalty process. He says Nebraska has not carried out an execution since 1997 and it no longer serves as a deterrent for violent offenders. Senator McCoy is working with groups, prosecutors, law enforcement, judges and victims in drafting this legislation. He intends to have it ready to introduce in January.