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Rehab programs for prisoners bill being scrutinized

Posted: 02/13/14 08:41

A proposal that would end automatic "good time" credit for violent prisoners in Nebraska is facing scrutiny from lawmakers. Members of the Judiciary Committee questioned whether the bill would work if adequate rehabilitation programs weren't available in Nebraska's prisons. The bill by Senator Scott Lautenbaugh would require those convicted of murder, robbery, sexual assault and other violent crimes to behave and participate in rehabilitation programs to earn reductions in their sentences. The bill was introduced on behalf of Governor Dave Heineman. Department of Correctional Services Director Michael Kenney spoke in support of the bill, but was questioned by Sen. Chambers on his motives. Kenney said during his nearly 40 minute questioning that he backs the bill, on his own.