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Inmate advocates and family members seek to lower deductions from offender accounts

A two inmate cell
March 4th, 2021 - 5:56pm
Inmate advocates and family members are concerned that a proposed bill on victim restitution would allow the Nevada Department of Corrections to continue to deduct up to 50 percent of funds deposited in an offender’s account — a policy that has drawn strident criticism from families in recent months.

Lawmakers considering formation of a statewide human trafficking task force that could open access to federal grants

March 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am
The bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to form the task force, AB143, also includes a provision for developing a statewide plan for the delivery of services to victims of human trafficking.

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Nick Trutanich on election integrity, unemployment fraud and what’s next after two years as U.S. attorney

February 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
Nick Trutanich was one of 56 Trump-nominated and Senate-confirmed Department of Justice officials who were asked to resign by the incoming Biden administration. It’s a typical move during the transfer of presidential power.

Nevada seeks dismissal of Laxalt election lawsuit that claims noncitizens infiltrated state voter rolls

February 22nd, 2021 - 1:23pm
Attorneys for the state of Nevada are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit against the secretary of state regarding voter roll maintenance, asserting that the court does not have jurisdiction over the subject matter and that the plaintiffs have misrepresented the secretary of state’s role in maintaining voter rolls.

Lawmakers considering a restriction on no-knock warrants prompted by Breonna Taylor killing

February 19th, 2021 - 2:00am
Lawmakers are considering a bill brought forward by Attorney General Aaron Ford that would limit but not ban no-knock arrest and search warrants, though a proposed amendment with further restrictions has complicated support for the legislation.

State approves nearly $1 million for Reginald Mason, who was wrongfully incarcerated for 13 years

Governor Steve Sisolak during a press conference
February 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
In 1985, then 14-year-old Mason was convicted by the state of four counts of attempted murder and one count of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, after what supporters say was a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Nevada prisons to end discriminatory practices against inmates with HIV following settlement with federal government

Inmates in the yard of a correctional facility.
February 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) will no longer illegally segregate inmates with HIV or deny inmates with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in department programs, following a settlement between the state and the federal government.

Death penalty, use of force and bail: The top criminal justice reform issues on tap in the Legislature

February 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
While the state budget is sure to dominate discussions during the ongoing legislative session, lawmakers haven’t shied from queuing up some heavy-hitting proposals for criminal justice reform.

Day Reporting Centers, an alternative to incarceration for parolees, quietly scrapped

February 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
The physical hubs served hundreds of people, but were one of the casualties of pandemic-related suspensions of in-person activities and a $10 million budget cut to the division during a summertime special session.

State budgeting $6 million to treat life-threatening hepatitis C after inmates sue, say they were denied care

January 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
The proposed expenditure comes after inmates lodged a class-action federal lawsuit against the Nevada Department of Corrections, arguing that they were being denied treatment. The state struck a settlement over the summer, agreeing to treat all the affected inmates by October 2023.

Revised regulation aims for middle ground between inmates’ money and victims’ restitution

A two inmate cell
January 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Department of Corrections plans to limit the amount of money it deducts from inmates’ wages and gifts from loved ones to a maximum of 50 percent, down from 80 percent.

About a quarter of prison employees vaccinated against COVID-19 as virus takes heavy toll behind bars

January 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
The rate of cases and deaths among inmates is more than triple that in the general population in Nevada, according to a tracker of prison COVID cases maintained by The Marshall Project.

Gun safety group lawsuit against ATF seeks to revoke license of Henderson gun manufacturer

January 20th, 2021 - 2:38pm
The lawsuit urges the ATF to take accountability and revoke the firearms license it awarded JA Industries, formerly Jimenez Arms, which was sued last year on allegations of breaking federal firearms law and repeated violations of the Gun Control Act.

Chance encounter with law enforcement is nearly life-altering in last Nevada jurisdiction overtly partnering with ICE

A photo of the sign next to the road entering Nye County.
January 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
Cordón's experience is typical in that local law enforcement agencies "become essentially the suction valve that pull people into the deportation pipeline," said Michael Kagan, director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic.

Laxalt files new lawsuit challenging Nevada's alleged inability to keep noncitizens off of voter rolls

December 31st, 2020 - 4:59pm
The lawsuit, which was filed last week in Carson City District Court names three conservative-aligned plaintiffs — former Republican Assemblyman Al Kramer, former Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick and prominent Northern Nevada developer Roger Norman — who say their votes were improperly diluted by an alleged failure to keep noncitizens from registering to vote in state elections.

Nevada Supreme Court’s pending case backlog at lowest level in years

Front view of the Nevada State Court building
December 29th, 2020 - 2:00am
But through the 2020 fiscal year, the court has taken significant steps to cut down its substantial and well-documented backlog of pending cases. According to the Nevada Judiciary’s 2020 annual report, the court’s backlog of cases fell to 1,688 at the end of the fiscal year, the lowest level in the last five years and down from the more than 2,000 pending cases reported at the end of the 2019 fiscal year.

Nevada breaks gun sale record in 2020 amid pandemic, social unrest and contentious elections

December 28th, 2020 - 2:00am
Through the first week of November, the state Point of Contact Firearms Program has conducted more than 160,000 background checks for gun purchases, according to records kept by the state Department of Public Safety. In 2019, the background checks program processed fewer than 102,100 checks statewide.

With visits suspended, families release balloons to show support for Nevada prisoners

December 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
Outside of Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, volunteers with the nonprofit LEAFE, which supports formerly incarcerated people, unleashed a rainbow of balloons into the overcast sky.

Why Trump’s lawsuit seeking to overturn Nevada’s presidential race sputtered in court

December 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
Election law experts interviewed by The Nevada Independent said the failures were unsurprising. Nevada’s legal parameters for challenging election results sets a high bar for acceptable evidence, including clear proof that serious error or malfeasance occurred before a court can step in and take action that could change the outcome of an election.

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