State Sen. Beau McCoy, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, proposed changes to Nebraska's "good time" law used to calculate prison release times.
He announced Oct 9 that he is working on legislation to link "good time" to proper behavior rather than automatic credits. He said good time should be taken away from violent offenders for violations of law or prison rules and regulations.
Noting four homicides in Omaha believed to have been committed by Nikko Jenkins shortly after his release from prison, McCoy said additional requirements may be needed for violent offenders to earn good time.
He said the state also needs to fix problems with its death penalty process.
"Nebraska's death penalty must serve as a deterrent for violent offenders and right now, because it's so broken, it does not," he said.