Sen. Ashford Introduces Neb. Prison Reform Plan

Sen. Brad Ashford

Sen. Brad Ashford

(AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker has introduced a plan designed to reduce recidivism and ease overcrowding in the state prison system.

Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha introduced a bill Wednesday that would encourage the use of supervised release for inmates. Judges would impose supervised release at their discretion, and the measure would expand the use of electronic ankle monitoring.

Ashford says no inmate should leave prison without a clear path to integrate back into society.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman told lawmakers in his State of the State speech that he’s open to working with lawmakers on prison reforms. Ashford’s bill would also reform “good time” credit for offenders who are segregated, allowing them to receive access to programming but not to “good time.”