Overhauling Nebraska’s “good time” law is a priority of Omaha State Senator Brad Ashford. He says 40% of all inmates released from prison “jam out” – or serve their entire term and released with no supervision. He says they are often the most dangerous offenders and are at a greater risk to re-offend. Senator Ashford would like these prisoners to be carefully watched and that includes GPS monitoring.
Senator Ashford says having people in place to help inmates connect with jobs and to check on their well being is also important. He says many other states are doing a much better job at supervising those released from prison and helping them adapt and find jobs. He believes that needs to be part of the process in Nebraska as well.
Senator Ashford says 80% of those people currently behind bars get out within three years and are in for lesser offenses. He believes a significant number of them could have alternative sentences and again GPS monitoring is one of the options.