On Monday Governor Dave Heineman signed a change in rules and regulations regarding the Department of Correctional Services good time law.
Beginning Saturday the new rule allows for corrections officials to take away twice as much good time for misbehavior. That includes assaults on prison guards as well as other prisoners. The new maximum penalty allows for up to two years of good time loss. The current regulation is one year.
Governor Heineman stated, “I have done what can administratively, it is now time for the Legislature to reform the good time law to ensure that the most violent criminals have to earn good time rather than receive it automatically, as required by current law. This is no time to be soft on crime.”