Gov. Heineman signs new "Good Time Law" rule

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By News 5 Staff


Updated: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:52:00 CST

A change to Nebraska Good Time Law goes into effect Saturday after getting Gov. Dave Heineman's signature, but he said the reform process is far from over.

Under the new rules and regulations signed Tuesday, the amount of good time inmates can lose for misbehaving increases from one to two years.

The new rule specifically addresses assaults on prison guards and other prisoners.

Gov. Heineman said Tuesday he's done all he can with the Good Time Law, and now it's up to the legislature to reform it even more.

He said he wants to ensure that the most violent criminals have to earn good time rather than receive it automatically, like they do under the current law.

"I've done my part," he said. "We've doubled the amount of time that can be taken away, but without a change in the law, every violent criminal who enters our corrections facilities will automatically start receiving good time."

Heineman said the Nikko Jenkins murder cases did influence his decision.
The first day for the Nebraska Legislature is Jan. 8.