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Governor signs changes to good time law

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Posted By:  Bill Schammert

Late Monday, Gov. Dave Heineman signed rules and regulations related to the Department of Correctional Services and the administration of the Good Time Law.

Beginning Dec. 21, the new rule allow for corrections officials to take away twice as much good time for misbehavior, including assaults on prison guards and other prisoners.

The new maximum penalty allows for up to two years, instead of one year, of Good Time loss for inmates.

"I have done what I can administratively, it is now time for the Legislature to reform the good time law to ensure that the most violent criminals have to earn good time rather than receive it automatically, as required by current law," the governor said. "This is no time to be soft on crime."

Heineman said he anticipates resistance of a complete overhaul from senators like Ernie Chambers, but is confident something will pass in relation to prison reform this next session.

"The vast majority of senators understand that public safety is number one and we need to protect the public from these violent criminals."


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