Potential changes to "good-time" law

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By Tim McNicholas

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Updated: Fri, 08 Nov 2013 01:15:22 CST

The law that many blame for the murder of four in Omaha could be seeing some changes from the inside out.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services is considering an increase to the maximum amount of "good time" an inmate can have taken away.

Changes were discussed today after a hearing in Lincoln.

Under current law, for example, an inmate found guilty of assault with serious injury could have their release pushed back a year.

But with a new rule discussed today, they'd be held for an additional two years.

Today's hearing was just one of several steps before the new rule could go into affect.

"We will review the testimony that's been presented and we will then determine whether or not the rule is the way that we want it," Dawn-Renee Smith of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said.

After the Department of Correctional Services reviews the rule they will submit it to the attorney general.

The governor has final say on the approval.

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