LB 63, which passed in 2009, is a much-needed modernization of our violent crime statutes. It stiffens penalties for existing violent crimes and creates new offenses for gang-related activities that are known to create and encourage violence. The bill was made stronger by the inclusion of tough anti-graffiti measures Senator Nordquist introduced and amended into the bill.
But in passing LB 63, Nebraska did not just increasing punishments for violent criminals. The bill also will help prevent crimes before they take place. The bill created the Office of Violence Prevention, which is charged with developing, fostering, promoting, and assessing violence prevention programs. The new office is having a positive impact on crime in Omaha and the rest of the state.