LINCOLN — Lancaster County's top prosecutor said Tuesday that Nebraska lawmakers should consider making good time off-limits to the state's most violent offenders.
During a news conference to announce he is seeking a second term in office, Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said the good-time law needs to be re-evaluated. He discussed the issue when asked about Nikko Jenkins, who faces four counts of first-degree murder for shootings in Omaha that occurred shortly after his release from prison.
The case has ignited a debate over Nebraska's good-time law because Jenkins received credit toward an early release despite having committed assaults and other rules violations while in prison.
Offenders convicted of first-degree murder and certain gun crimes are exempt from good time. Lawmakers should consider expanding the list of crimes that disqualify a prisoner from good time and should revoke credits from inmates who commit violent offenses behind bars, Kelly said.
Kelly, a Republican, was elected as the head prosecutor in Nebraska's second-largest county in 2010. He served as chief deputy county attorney for the preceding 10 years.