Suspect in Dundee officer assault was released from prison early under 'good-time' law -
Published Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 1:06 am
Suspect in Dundee officer assault was released from prison early under 'good-time' law

The Omaha Police Union president is pointing to a Friday assault of an officer as the latest example of why Nebraska needs to change its “good-time law”.

Malcolm Harris Jr., 31, was arrested on suspicion of felony assault on an officer in the Dundee area. He was out on bail at the time of the Friday incident for robberies he's accused of committing after being released from prison early under Nebraska's “good-time law.”

Harris was at the Douglas County Jail on Tuesday night. A judge set his bail at $87,500 in cash.

Omaha Police Union President John Wells said Harris is one of many examples of convicts who are released early from prison due to the law.

“It is shameful the way the state is pushing these violent offenders back on the street before they serve their full sentence, and they are continuing to reoffend,” Wells said.

The “good-time law” gives most prisoners one day off their sentence for each day they spend behind bars without violating prison rules. The law has come under scrutiny because Nikko Jenkins is accused of killing four people in the Omaha area within weeks after his July 30 release under the law.

Harris was sentenced to five to 13 years in prison for assault, terroristic threats, theft by receiving stolen property and other charges. After entering prison in 2005, he also was charged with assaulting an inmate and escaping while under arrest, among other charges.

Harris escaped from prison in 2009 while on furlough. He was later found, brought back to prison and paroled in 2011. Harris is accused of committing three robberies while on parole in October and November 2012, court records show. His parole was revoked, but he was back on the streets by December 2012.

In all, he served seven years of his 15-year sentence.

On Friday, police said Harris was arrested on suspicion of felony assault of an officer, giving false information and theft by receiving.

Police said officers patrolling in the area of 52nd Street and Underwood Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Friday were flagged down by a witness who reported a shirtless man in a street, acting erratically.

Officers said Harris was punching at the air and lunging at passing cars. He lunged at the officers, hitting one of them in the face. Police used a Taser to subdue Harris. He was taken to Nebraska Medical Center for a suspected drug overdose. Harris was arrested after his release from the medical center, police said.

World-Herald staff writer Jay Withrow contributed to this report.

Contact the writer:


Contact the writer: Alissa Skelton    |   402-444-1066    |  

Alissa is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for

Douglas County Board candidates say they aren't ruled by party
96th Street to have head-to-head traffic
3 Nebraska Board of Education candidates call for high standards
At NU's helm, J.B. Milliken built the university by building relationships with state leaders
Video: Stothert says Crossroads project is 'full speed ahead,' but she won't support bond issue
Ex-Obama official urges approval of Keystone XL pipeline
Benefit to be held for family of Omaha shooting victim
Omaha Personnel Board to weigh a ‘ban-the-box’ proposal for city job applications
New Alegent Creighton Clinic to open in Council Bluffs
Grace: Your older self has a request — use sunscreen
Kelly: Huskers' glory days of '80s live on — on the small screen and on stage
Agreement reached to end dog racing at Bluffs Run at end of 2015
Beau McCoy calls Pete Ricketts a 'convenient conservative' for immigration stance
Police ID body found near 36th, Seward Streets
World champion Crawford's promoter working to have title defense at CenturyLink Center
Hail, strong winds, heavy rain hit south-central Nebraska
'Fairly old' human skull found in Mills County
Kelly: Started at a dining room table, Home Instead thriving at 20 with $1B in annual revenue
Omaha crash victim, 19, had touched many lives
Firefighters take on 'fully engulfed barn fire'
Council Bluffs school board approves new district headquarters
Officials announce effort to lure more veterans to Nebraska
SB 132nd Street lane closed
Shane Osborn grabs several endorsements
New public employee pay data: Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy Counties, plus utilities
< >
Kelly: Huskers' glory days of '80s live on — on the small screen and on stage
The 1984 NFL draft was unusual for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and these days it's remembered in the name of a rock band, the 1984 Draft. Tonight, the band will be featured nationally on the NFL Network in a documentary about — what else? — the 1984 draft.
Kelly: Started at a dining room table, Home Instead thriving at 20 with $1B in annual revenue
The idea that Paul Hogan had studied and then hatched at his mother's table was that older people, rather than moving in with relatives or to an assisted-living center, would much prefer to stay home instead.
Breaking Brad: Nebraska GOP candidates unified against naked squirrels
Some of these Nebraska campaigns are tilting pretty far right. At a recent forum, there was a consensus that we need to ban public dancing and clothe naked squirrels in public parks.
Breaking Brad: Inside the mind of a 99-year-old real estate agent
I saw an article about a 99-year-old real estate agent who's still working. “This house is extra special. It has indoor toilets!”
Breaking Brad: Into the claw machine! Florida kid follows Lincoln kid's lead
In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a child climbed inside a claw machine. Hey, Florida kid: Nobody likes a copycat.
Deadline Deal thumbnail
7M Grill
Half Off Delicious Comfort Fusion Food & Drinks!
Buy Now
< >
Omaha World-Herald Contests
Enter for a chance to win great prizes.
OWH Store: Buy photos, books and articles
Buy photos, books and articles
Travel Snaps Photo
Going on Vacation? Take the Omaha World-Herald with you and you could the next Travel Snaps winner.
Click here to donate to Goodfellows
The 2011 Goodfellows fund drive provided holiday meals to nearly 5,000 families and their children, and raised more than $500,000 to help families in crisis year round.
Want to get World-Herald stories sent directly to your home or work computer? Sign up for's News Alerts and you will receive e-mails with the day's top stories.
Can't find what you need? Click here for site map »