LINCOLN, Neb. – Eleven days after being informed by an assistant attorney general that a state Supreme Court ruling indicated prison officials were incorrectly calculating some prison sentences, the man in charge of records sought to explain the inconsistency.

Kyle Poppert, records administrator, sent an email asking two employees to come up with an explanation for their chief legal counsel as to why the corrections department felt it should continue its 18-year-old method of calculating certain sentences.

“I think the court is misinterpreting the previous cases,” he wrote. “Anyway, we need to be able to explain this to George (Green). I do want to caution, folks, our current efforts to reduce our inmate population has nothing to do with how we apply good time laws. The law is the law and we will act accordingly.”