Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says he will pursue changes to Nebraska's system of awarding "good time'' to prisoners
Wednesday's announcement comes in the wake of high-profile murders committed by an inmate who was released despite a history of disciplinary problems.
Heineman made the announcement in an open letter to Senator Heath Mello of Omaha. Mello has criticized the Department of Correctional Services under Heineman's watch for not proposing any changes and failing to address prison overcrowding.
The "good time'' law gives prisoners a day of credit for every day they spend behind bars. A Heineman spokeswoman says the governor believes good time should be earned, not given automatically.
The announcement came after authorities charged Nikko Jenkins with four Omaha-area murders that took place shortly after he was released from prison.