T. Hank Robinson, director of UNO's Juvenile Justice Institute, said the cost increases would be caused by increasing the prison population and keeping inmates incarcerated for longer periods.
And it may not do much to reduce crime, Robinson
"The problem is, the evidence is mixed...on whether stronger penalties deter crime," Robinson
"Research shows that a stronger police presence along with good community relations does more to decrease crime."
The crime-prevention provisions of the bill, he
added, are not enough to offset the larger prison population that will be caused by stiffer penalties.
an academician," Sen.
Mike Friend of Omaha, who introduced the bill, said of Robinson
Friend said that lawmakers like himself can't "sit in a room and think" like Robinson
and instead must act to protect residents.