Gov. Dave Heineman said today his administration continues to work to correct miscalculations on prison sentencing that led to the premature release of hundreds of inmates.
A new report by the Omaha World-Herald discloses that 51 inmates released early committed 33 felonies and 102 misdemeanors during the time they should have been behind bars.
“Again, we gave a comment to the World-Herald,” Heineman told reporters during a news conference at the Capitol. “Again, as we look into these situations, some of them have gone before a judge since then. There’s a pre-sentence calculation. The judges gave them a sentence and those are being carried out. Now, some of this is going to be involved in litigation.”
The World-Herald also reports a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling requires prisoners to serve the skipped portions of their sentences if they committed crimes during their premature release.
Heineman says he believes most of the errors that led to the premature release of prison inmates have been corrected.
But, the governor acknowledges there might still be problems.
“Now, as I’ve said before are there going to be one or two, particularly where you have a situation where the crime was committed, then the law was changed and the sentencing was done after that law changed? But, I think even most of those have been corrected,” according to Heineman. “And I think going forward they’ve instituted new procedures to prevent that from occurring in the future, because they are going to get the judge’s sentencing order.”
Heineman insists there is more accountability at Corrections.
“Well, you know, look there were a lot of mistakes made. We’ve accepted the responsibility. We’re moving forward,” Heineman stated. “We’ve corrected those mistakes, but I’ve said over and over again, the legislature has accountability here to and so does the judiciary.”