The Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee addressed several prison reform measures during a hearing Wednesday in Lincoln. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer testified and said the current aim of the state’s prison system is misguided.
Chief Schmaderer said, “No where is the goal of corrections to reduce prison overcrowding but somehow that has become the culture in the state of Nebraska. That is a culture I would like to see changed.”
Chief Schmaderer favors a bill that would change the state’s “good time” law for inmates but says there needs to be many steps to achieve the goal of earned time.
One proposal would give inmates a chance to shorten their prison sentence by completing vocational and educational programs.