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Gov. Heineman proposes bill requiring prisoners to earn an early release


LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) - Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, Attorney General proposed a prison reform measure that would eliminate automatic "good time" credit for violent offenders.

Senator Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha will sponsor the proposal that will be submitted to lawmakers during this legislative session.

The measure would apply to inmates of violent crimes, including murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.

"The public safety of our citizens should be priority number one and that should start with violent criminals being required to earn any reduction in their sentence rather than automatically receiving it," Gov. Dave Heineman (R) Nebraska said.

Right now, the state's "good time" law automatically cuts the sentence in half when they enter the prison.

The new proposal would require inmates to maintain good behavior and participate in rehabilitation programs.

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