Gov. Heineman mum on special session as prison mess grows


Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

The fight over a special—prison mess—session of the Legislature is underway and Nebraska Watchdog has learned that charges of politics are alive and well.

Gov. Dave Heineman

Asked by Nebraska Watchdog if he thinks a special session is needed Gov. Dave Heineman would only say, “The Department of Corrections is committed to completing a thorough review to determine what decisions were made, why, and by whom.”

Heineman added, “Once these facts are known, decisions can be made and appropriate actions can be taken.”

Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford is calling for a special session about oversight of the state’s beleaguered prison system after internal documents showed prison employees ignored warnings they were miscalculating prison sentences and letting inmates out too early.

But State Sen. Brad Ashford, Chairman of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, tells Nebraska Watchdog a special session “a must.”

Guess what? Some apparently think Ashford, who is also the Democratic candidate for Congress in Omaha, could try and use the scandal to make politically helpful headlines. Ashford finds the suggestion way off base.

KHAS radio in Hastings (see video below) has asked Nebraska Watchdog’s Joe Jordan to flush out those political details.

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