Gov. Dave Heineman rips the report filed by the state ombudsman on the release of accused killer Nikko Jenkins from prison.
Heineman sees little to like in the 61-page report by the state ombudsman on signs missed by the state and mental health treatment not offered.
“Marshall Lux may want to be soft on crime and care more about the criminals than the victims and their families, but I don’t,” Heineman tells reporters during a news conference in his Capitol office. “Nikko Jenkins deserves the death penalty for what he did.”
Jenkins stands accused of killing four people in Omaha within a month of being released from prison. His case has raised considerable controversy about the state “good time” law, a law that grants state inmates credit for good time served automatically, rather than requiring that they earn it.
Heineman has proposed changing the good time law for those incarcerated for violent crimes. He would require the inmates earn credit for good time served by obeying prison rules and completing certain treatments offered in prison.
State Ombudsman Marshall Lux defends his report and says Heineman has mischaracterized his stance.
“That is not a correct representation of what my views are,” Lux tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “I’m not trying to excuse anything that Nikko Jenkins did or is being accused of doing.”
Lux says he merely set out to review how the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services handled Jenkins while in prison.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]
AUDIO: Gov. Dave Heineman criticizes the report on Nikko Jenkins filed by state Ombudsman Marshall Lux. [1 min.]
AUDIO: State Ombudsman Marshall Lux discusses the report on Nikko Jenkins. [2:35]
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