Rights Society Criminal Justice Meeting Notes – 2/9/2018

Rights Society Criminal Justice Meeting Notes – 2/9/2018

Action items from last meeting:­

  • Sara to write update email and work with Alexander on survey
    • Update email was sent – Using SendInBlue
    • Survey is written – can be sent as soon as email situation is worked out
      • Review survey and get confirmation that it isn’t missing anything.
      • There was discussion regarding having 2 surveys?
        • Depending on the success of this survey we probably want to implement a simplified survey to send when people first sign up – as part of a welcome email?
        • We also have a survey we are working with PLAN on to distribute at their listening sessions to gather information on needs from the formerly incarcerated population
      • Add to survey – do people want to have phone access to meetings?
  • Kyle will work on member login for website
    • Sara has member login – Action: Get Jon access so he can assist in uploading agendas/meeting notes
  • Schedule event as a dedicated time to vet resources (not at a specific location)
    • This idea is on hold – we’ll wait and see if interest arises or if individual vetting is going ok as is
  • Create a plan for communications
    • Plan is created, report back from Kyle and Alexander and next steps

Agenda:

Criminal Justice

Update on Re-Entry Advocacy project

  • Debrief project meeting
    • Several people from PLAN (Leslie, Korey, Jagada, and Amanda) and RS (Sara, Jon, Denise, Kyle, Sam, and Victoria) were present.  The PLAN members are interested in assisting, including inviting us to pass out surveys at upcoming listening sessions for recently incarcerated people.
  • Status report on other re-entry programs
    • Victoria, Shalom, Jon, Sara
    • Victoria: A positive report on We Care Foundation and optimistic about Casa Grande; She will be setting up a meeting with them,  Sara would like to know what stage in the process the people in Casa Grande are in (pre-parole or parole?); Sara also has contacts with Casa Grande
    • Shalom: the first few links in the list were a bust but CASES in NYC looks to be an interesting network of resources
    • Sara: Homeboy Industries in LA – awesome model that started off getting people out of gangs.  They still do that work but it heavily overlaps with re-entry services.  LA friend vouched for them.  Sara is planning on taking a trip to LA at some point to network (tour Homeboy Industries, meet with experienced grant writer, connect with other re-entry programs, etc.)
  • Status report on resource vetting
    • Jonas, Nadia, Mark, Andre, Denise, Milena, Jordan, Ambra, Billie
    • Victoria added her vetting to the spreadsheet
    • Jordan’s vetting is done but we need to find out where because verified dates aren’t filled in (spreadsheet or somewhere else)
    • ACTION: DENISE: Follow up with the other persons regarding resource vetting
  • Discuss new actions
    • Victoria and Sara have discussed cross-referencing the information we collect with that from 2-1-1.  We’ll also want to cross ref with info from The Center and the NV CURE Resource Booklet
  • Andre: update on half-way house and meeting with JW from NV CURE
  • Sara: brief update from Sara on meeting with P&P and NV CURE monthly meeting
    • Parole and Probation – met with Lt. Brandon (P&P) and Mallory Triplett (Casa Grande).  They were open to working with re-entry advocates. So far they are mostly working with FIT, Hope for Prisoners, and Job Connect.  Lt. Brandon forwarded Sara an introduction to the director of the Day Reporting Center – Sara will be scheduling a tour
    • NV CURE is on board with helping us with re-entry advocacy in any way that they can.  They do have access to a large network of currently incarcerated people in NV.
  • Status update on BDR – exoneration research
    • Thank you to Victoria for filling in info on the exoneree spreadsheet
  • Discussion of other goals, projects, research the CJ team is interested in doing (BDRs, events, etc.)
    • ACTION: Sara: Follow up with Miriam regarding record sealing
    • Status of feminine products in NV prisons – Shalom to look into
    • What education is available to NV prisoners?

Organization

  • Kyle and Alexander: update on tech meeting
    • Goals:
      • Have a common email address that would use all of the Team Leaders as a group.
      • We are committing to Send In Blue for mass emails
  • Jon: Status report on project management plan

Update on coalition projects:

Update on MayDay planning

  • Next meeting is Wednesday the 14th – let Alex know if you want to attend
  • LVRMHC/Street Medics De-escalation Training
    • Alexander: Street Medics meeting Saturday the 10th
  • Radical Roundtable
    • Meeting is on Sunday–now up to 12 organizations

Open Discussion:

  • Discussion considering public webcast/phone-in for the meetings
  • Membership survey
    • Give Sierra and Victoria access to the folders
      • Specifically survey/survey feedback

Actions:

  • Schedule Team Leader meeting
  • Kyle: Give website access to Jon so he can assist in uploading agendas/meeting notes
  • Denise: Follow up with the other persons regarding resource vetting – Done
  • Sara: Assign additional resources – Victoria and Jordan both offered to continue vetting
  • Sara: Follow up with Miriam regarding sealing records
  • Unassigned: Research what options NV inmates have for education (high school equivalency, college, trade, etc.)
  • ALL: Review survey questions and provide input by TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13th so that we can send out the survey email on Wednesday
  • Unassigned: Give Victoria and Sierra access to RS members folder – Done

Book Club

Next discussion will be February 25th.

Next book is “Hand To Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America” by Linda Tirado.

https://www.amazon.com/Hand-Mouth-Living-Bootstrap-America/dp/0425277976/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518137067&sr=8-1&keywords=hand+to+mouth+living+in+bootstrap+america

 

Announcements:

Thursday February 15th

Indie Lens Pop-up and Vegas PBS are hosting a free screening of the documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities along with live Q&A afterwards at Springs Preserve starting at 6pm

 

RSCJ Meeting AGENDA – 2018/02/09

Rights Society Criminal Justice Meeting Notes – 2/9/2018

Action items from last meeting:­

  • Sara to write update email and work with Alexander on survey
    • Update email was sent (email list?)
    • Survey is written – can be sent as soon as email situation is worked out
  • Kyle will work on member login for website – can this just be a password protected section?  Or do we actually have to have individual member accounts?
  • Schedule event as a dedicated time to vet resources (not at a specific location)
  • Create a plan for communications

Agenda: Criminal Justice

  • Update on Re-Entry Advocacy project
    • Debrief project meeting
    • Status report on other re-entry programs
      • Victoria, Shalom, Jon, Sara
    • Status report on resource vetting
      • Jonas, Nadia, Mark, Andre, Denise, Milena, Jordan, Ambra, Billie
    • Discuss new actions
  • Andre: update on half-way house and meeting with JW from NV CURE
  • Sara: brief update from Sara on meeting with P&P and NV CURE monthly meeting
  • Status update on BDR – exoneration research
  • Discussion of other goals, projects, research the CJ team is interested in doing (BDRs, events, etc.)

Organization

  • Kyle and Alexander: update on tech meeting
  • Jon: Status report on project management plan

 

Criminal Justice Meeting Notes 1/26/2018

Action items from last meeting:

 

  • Create event calendar
    • Alexander has a template for public calendars
    • May want to also create an RS dedicated through our own g-suite
  • Create a plan for communications
  • Action: For the next update – also add a small survey that asks everyone what other orgs they are involved with, what projects they are most interested in, what their skills are, and any projects/issues they want to focus on, preferred method of contact, any suggestions for how we improve our meetings
  • Action: research halfway house licensing requirements – how much legislative control is there over this? Andre to research.
    • Andre working on developing a business plan to open a halfway house.  Will have more of an update next meeting after discussing with JW from NV CURE.

City Regulations for Transitional Living

http://www5.lasvegasnevada.gov/LCAT/Bus_Lic_Instructions.aspx?Category=T55&CategoryName=Transitional%20Living%20Facility

 

State Application for Recovering Alcohol and Drug Abuse Housing

http://dpbh.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dpbhnvgov/content/Reg/HealthFacilities/Docs/Checklists/HWH_Checklist.pdf

  • CJ Resource Document updates
    • Jonas
    • Nadia
    • Mark
    • Andre

 

Agenda:

 

  • Update on goals and projects
    • Re-entry Advocacy program
      • Alexander suggested creating a facebook event for a set time to vet resources
      • Goal is to have at least 3 trained advocates who can assist people who are released (or about to be released) with what to expect and how to navigate re-entry
      • We will need to familiarize ourselves with existing resources
        • Creating and maintaining a thorough resource document
        • Creating and maintaining working relationships with organizations who provide resources
      • Research on other re-entry advocacy programs
      • Brainstorm what else we need to do to get this started
        • PO Box
        • Burner phones for advocates
        • Miriam suggested that she wants to focus on sealing records and restoring voting rights.  Says records can be sealed within 30-90 days.  Pierson center meetings to have records sealed.  Support legislation that makes sealing records and restoring voting rights easier.
        • Denise talked about NRML and their 4/20 push to do record sealings – We need to network with the lawyers we already have on board
        • Denise estimates that the average inmate will need $3000 in their first month out (fines, services, housing, etc.)
        • Alexander brought up partnering with workers coops
        • Jon wants to form a project plan for this effort
          • Key participants
          • Milestones

 

  • BDR (long term)
  • Update on coalition projects
    • Vegas Freedom Fund
      • Video explanation will be coming sometime this week
    • Book drive for NV CURE
      • Ongoing donations needed – flyer will be socialized this week
    • LVRMHC/Street Medics De-escalation Training  (grant to train civilians on de-escalating police interactions)
      • Alexander to share event for people who are interested
    • Alexander’s surprise project 🙂
      • Six reports on state of affairs called the Radical Roundtable
      • 10 orgs representing 150 members
    • Ambra to talk about Wellcare – “New Hope Motel” contact
      • Reached out to contact from post Terese made in Facebook group
      • Providing resources for unhoused people
      • 80 people max
      • They act as caseworkers
      • They want to add more activities so if anyone wants to teach a class (1 hour month commitment) can be as simple as help reading, writing checks, setting up an email account, etc.

 

Open Discussion:

 

  • Miriam discussed that if you are not honorably discharged by parole/probation officer you will never be eligible for records sealing.  Record sealing and expungement are different.  Sealed records can be unsealed.
  • Kyle is studying convictions for marijuana and how the black population is still being disproportionately targeted
  • Report on 2007-2009 statistics of Marijuana Arrest
  • Kyle wants to collaborate on an article on what it takes to go from prison to the outside

 

Actions:

  • Schedule break out meeting for tech/website
  • Sara to make sure Jon is onboarded
  • Sara to write update email and work with Alexander on survey
  • Kyle will work on member login for website – can this just be a password protected section?  Or do we actually have to have individual member accounts?
  • Andre will update on halfway house meeting with JW
  • Resource spreadsheet
    • Denise
    • Milena
    • Ambra
    • Jordan
    • Billie
  • Sara to email and add to spreadsheet (done); Denise will follow up to make sure people are completing
  • Schedule Re-entry breakout meeting (done)
    • Victoria
    • Milena
    • Alexander
    • Denise
    • Sara
    • Jon
    • Andre
  • Schedule event as a dedicated time to vet resources (not at a specific location)
  • Jon to create rough project plan which we will discuss during breakout meeting

 

Team updates:

 

Announcements:

 

Saturday January 27th

    • Mixed Minds book club will be January 27th at Denise’s house

 

  • Downwinder’s Day vigil for the survivors of US nuclear weapons tests 1pm at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site carpoolers can meet at Nevada Desert Experience (1420 W Bartlett Ave, Las Vegas) at 11:30.

 

 

Monday January 29th

  • CCSD Special Board Meeting – Gender Diverse Student Policy at Valley High School 2839 Burnham Ave 89169 from 6pm-9pm

 

Wednesday January 31st

 

  • NV CURE monthly meeting at the Law Office of Gallian, Welker & Beckstrom 540 E. St. Louis Ave 89104 at 6:30pm
  • Our Revolution first general meeting at the Enterprise Library from 6pm-8pm

 

 

Criminal Justice Reform Team Meeting January 5, 2018

Action items from last meeting

 

  • Action: Re-Entry resource List
  • Action: research halfway house licensing requirements – how much legislative control is there over this?

City Regulations for Transitional Living

http://www5.lasvegasnevada.gov/LCAT/Bus_Lic_Instructions.aspx?Category=T55&CategoryName=Transitional%20Living%20Facility

 

State Application for Recovering Alcohol and Drug Abuse Housing

http://dpbh.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dpbhnvgov/content/Reg/HealthFacilities/Docs/Checklists/HWH_Checklist.pdf

 

Andre to do further research

Resource List Link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rrYL0mqfPCVjQRuVHuOi-4bWFbncQqm2GvYUg6CEabE/edit?usp=sharing

 

  • Action: Research Second Chance Act Grant
    • The program provides funding to expand substance use disorder treatment and related recovery and reentry services.

https://csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc/announcements/apply-now-samhsas-offender-reentry-program/

 

    • The NRRC was established by the Second Chance Act (Public Law 110-199). Signed into law in 2008, the Second Chance Act authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide reentry services—including employment assistance, substance use treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims support, and other services—and to support corrections and supervision practices that aim to reduce recidivism.https://csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc/about/

 

Agenda

 

  • Brainstorm what we want to focus on for 2018 in CJ
    • Reentry advocacy?
      • Link up with NV CURE
    • Innocence claims?
    • Public information campaigns?
      • Skype visits instead of in person visits
  • Coalition events
    • NRML – having an event where they are going to help people with marijuana offenses to get their record sealed
    • PLAN decarceration project
      • Townhall with orgs who are being impacted

 

  • BDRs
    • I’d like for the CJ team to make it a long term task to work on a compensation statute.  With the recent exonerations here in NV it might be a good time to push this issue.
      • Actions for this BDR
        • Research Nevada exonerations
          • How many have there been?
          • How long were the sentences/how much time was served?
          • Was there compensation paid out?  If so, how much and was it after a lawsuit?
          • What were the contributing factors to the conviction (eyewitness identification, jailhouse informant, ineffective assistance of counsel, police and/or prosecutorial misconduct, false confession, faulty science or conflicting expert testimony, etc.)
          • Link to Google sheet for this info: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hgFWP7X8XhOBsQiMCX1imTGUYkDmVAwIWDEla3AgFIg/edit?usp=sharing
        • Networking with NV Bar (Sara), UNLV, and victims groups
        • Research on legislators who may be sympathetic
        • Review info from PA (Sara)
    • Open to working on or supporting other BDRs or finding other ways to support the BDR initiatives we discussed (especially licensing restrictions for halfway houses)

 

  • General:
    • Keep sharing Go Fund Me
      • Brainstorm how to push this
      • Did donation issue get fixed?
    • January Community service project – Women’s March?
      • HIstory of women in power and how it changes policy
      • Brainstorm ideas for engagement
        • Personal stories about strong women in our lives
        • Quotes from women in politics
        • Shalom – Seven Sisters Org
  • Announcements:
    • Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective – Saturday 6pm at Transcending the Gender Box
    • Art making party for the MLK parade for Nevada Desert Experience – 10am at 1420 W Bartlett Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
    • I am Not Your Negro PBS screening – Tuesday 6pm

 

Criminal Justice Reform Team Meeting December 15, 2017

Action items from last meeting

 

  • Action: research other prison systems and how they prioritize rehabilitation over punishment.
    • Australia
    • Iceland
    • Sweden
    • Norway – Restorative Justice (retribution, incapacitation, deterrence, rehabilitation, restoration)
  • Action: research what retailers are using prison labor – info campaign and/or PSA
  • Action: Re-Entry resource List (Sara to send 5 resources to vet to each person below)
    • Lori
    • Sam
  • Action: Research Second Chance Act Grant
  • Action: Research Vivitrol programs in other states – Shalom
  • Action: Research what is defined as a “sex offense” in NV – Shalom

 

Agenda

  • Update and assign tasks for Parole Backlog PSA/Project
    • Resource document
  • Information from the Lamba lunch
    • L.E.A.D. Program – Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion
    • Under the direction of Sgt. Braden Schrag – Speaker was Officer Lissette “Lis” Ruiz with the Office of Community Engagement
    • designed to address low-level/nonviolent, opioid offenders, and incorporates harm-reductions strategies. LEAD offers an alternative to incarceration through multidisciplinary collaboration.
    • Original launch date was supposed to be April 1 but it’s going to be pushed back
  • Collaboration with NV CURE
    • Thank you for Christmas cards
    • Write up on Rights Society in the next newsletter
    • Sara’s meeting with NDOC Director Dzurenda
  • BDRs
    • Compensation statute for Wrongful convictions; Revised sex offenders statuses; Mandated mental health training for police; Hep C
    • Legislation specifically being pushed by Dzurenda:
      • Reducing barriers to licensing new half-way houses
        • Action: research licensing requirements – how much legislative control is there over this
      • Accelerated re-entry for nonviolent offenders serving 2 years or less
      • Prohibit moving inmates to out of state prisons
      • Corrections to SB268 which requires proof of identity before issuing prison ID  
        • Action: Research this bill and what led to it
      • Allow good time accrual by people who are not able to work because of medical/ADA issues
      • Create a separate process for transitional parole which bypasses the parole board and allows for administrative review
        • Action: look at Connecticut laws
      • Allow home confinement with wrap around services for DUI offenders who are being incarcerated
    • Info to be provided to Sara from meeting with John Rago
      • Action: Network with CJ section of NV bar, UNLV, and Victims groups

 

  • General:
    • Keep sharing Go Fund Me
    • Share winter clothing drive flyer – only a few days left (ends 19th) – need to decide on distribution location
  • Announcements:
    • Our Revolution mixer at Rocky’s immediately after RS meeting
    • LVRMHC Meeting – 6pm at Transcending the Gender Box
    • RS Book Club – Sunday 17th at 11am at Denise’s house
    • Happy Hour fundraiser for Amy Vilela Tuesday December 19th at 6pm at Velveteen Rabbit
    • RS Mental Health – Friday December 22nd at 7pm
    • Donation Drop off – Saturday December 23rd

 

Criminal Justice Reform Team Meeting November 24, 2017

Action items from last meeting

 

  • Action: research how Thunderclap works and how we may want to utilize it.
    • Works best with a large network
    • People give it access to post on your behalf so that on a certain day/time the same post with hashtags and all are posted at the same time
    • Not sure how effective it is
  • Action: research other prison systems and how they prioritize rehabilitation over punishment.
    • Australia
    • Iceland
    • Sweden
    • Norway – Restorative Justice (retribution, incapacitation, deterrence, rehabilitation, restoration)
  • Action: research what retailers are using prison labor – info campaign and/or PSA
  • Action: Sara will be talking to Martinez who was held past parole
    • Major issues are:
      • Lack of transitional housing
      • Most of the existing housing doesn’t allow sex offenders
      • No assistance from caseworkers
  • Action: Re-Entry resource List (Sara to send 5 resources to vet to each person below)
    • Lori
    • Sam
  • Action: Research Second Chance Act Grant
  • Action: Research Vivitrol programs in other states – Shalom

 

Agenda

  • Update and assign tasks for Parole Backlog PSA/Project
    • John from NV CURE putting together a video
    • We still need to work on the resource document
    • Next NV CURE meeting will be November 29th at 6pm – ask Sara for details if you want to join us
  • Denise’s discussion with Lombardo’s rep
    • Should we engage?
    • Who else is running for Sheriff?  Call Larry Burns again?  Denise?
    • Consider making an event that would bring together local activist group leaders?
    • Action: research best practices for mental health trainings for police
      • Connecticut (Shalom shared something about this on Facebook awhile back)
      • Florida – one of the first states to implement mental health court
  • What projects are we still actively working on?
    • PAARI?
    • Vivitrol?
  • Short term goals:
    • Parole Backlog
      • What is holding up release?
      • What resources are available?
      • How can we improve the situation?
    • Update Website
      • Calendar
      • Content
    • BDRs (one for each RS team)
      • Action: Update next meeting and create brainstorming doc – BDRs – Sara
        • CJ Ideas: Compensation statute for Wrongful convictions; Revised sex offenders statuses; Mandated mental health training for police
        • Education Ideas: Pot tax for education; Ending or funding Common Core; Split up school board; testing
        • Mental Health Ideas: Adjust the reciprocity rules so that licensing is easier (maybe not a legislative issue); mandated ratios for mental health professionals to patients
      • Can check Nelis for past BDRs
      • We need to also start thinking about which legislators will be friendly to our BDRs
  • Long term goals:
      • Secure a space for RS
        • Go Fund Me is live – Share share share!
        • Giving Tuesday
      • Make mental health training a pivotal issue for the sheriff race
      • Get a blog active
  • Announcements:
    • RS Book Club – Sunday 26th at 11am at Denise’s house
    • NV CURE Meeting – Wednesday 29th at 6:30pm
    • RS Meeting –  Friday December 1st at 7pm – Mental Health but we will be discussing potential BDRs
    • Mass Incarceration Listening Session – Saturday December 2nd 10:30-12:30 First AME Church
    • Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective Group – Saturday December 2nd 6pm at Transcending the Gender Box
    • Mike’s Karaoke event  – Saturday December 2nd 8pm at Go Go Karaoke
    • Net Neutrality protest by Team Internet on Thursday December 7th 11:30 at Verizon Headquarters Corporate Verizon store: 3825 S Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas NV 89119

 

Criminal Justice Reform Team Meeting November 3, 2017

Action items from last meeting

 

  • Action: research how Thunderclap works and how we may want to utilize it.
  • Action: research other prison systems and how they prioritize rehabilitation over punishment
  • Action: research what retailers are using prison labor – info campaign and/or PSA

 

Agenda

  • Update and assign tasks for Parole Backlog PSA
    • Action: Sara will be talking to Martinez who was held past parole
    • Action: Transitional living housing list – will need to be vetted – Denise
    • Action: Contact lawyers in other states who are working on parole backlog issues – April Elliott and Stephen Hampton (see links below)
    • Action: Research what counts as sex offender crimes in Nevada
  • What projects are we still actively working on?
    • PAARI?
    • PLAN/Mass Liberation
      • Sara/Denise to reach out to Leslie
    • Vivitrol?
      • Continue research:
        • Action: Research Second Chance Act Grant
        • Action: Research Vivitrol programs in other states
  • Short term and long term goals?
  • Short term goals:
    • Parole Backlog
      • What is holding up release?
      • What resources are available?
      • Synthesize into PSA and/or article
    • Update Website
      • Calendar
      • Content
  • Long term goals:
      • Secure a space for RS
      • Get a blog active

 

Attorneys in other states working on prisoners held past parole:

 

http://www.westword.com/news/colorado-supreme-court-rules-thousands-of-prisoners-illegally-denied-parole-hearings-9511029

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/local/2017/04/20/appeals-court-rules-against-prisoners-held-too-long/100688696/

 

Criminal Justice Reform Team Meeting October 13, 2017

Action items from last meeting (Action items in red are items that are still outstanding)

 

 

Agenda

  • Edward – putting pressure on the legislature to implement the gun laws we passed
  • Ambra brought up “Thunderclap” app
    • Action: research how Thunderclap works and how we may want to utilize it.
  • Action: research other prison systems and how they prioritize rehabilitation over punishment
  • Action: Look over http://prisontalk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=155
    • We want to find someone who was held past parole or a family member of someone who is being held past parole
  • Action: Denise to contact Kristin from Nevada Cure
  • Action: Shelby to touch base with William O’Connell
  • Parole backlog PSA – December “Home for Christmas” – Donate to get people home for the holidays
  • https://www.revealnews.org/article/they-thought-they-were-going-to-rehab-they-ended-up-in-chicken-plants/
  • http://doc.nv.gov/Facilities/Home/
    • Inmates at the Carlin Conservation Camp work for the Nevada Division of Forestry completing conservation projects, roadside clean up, local area assistance and fire fighting during the fire season.
    • Humboldt Conservation Camp is an Nevada Division of Forestry fire camp and can have as many as six 12-man crews fighting fires at any given time. During the off time of firefighting, the crews spend their days doing project work, such as highway clean-up for Department of Transportation or working in the local community. Work crews are available for hire in the local community by contacting the NDF supervisor at (775) 623-6535.
    • Offenders at the Jean Conservation Camp work for the Nevada Division of Forestry by fighting fires during the fire season, completing conservation projects, performing highway clean-up for the Department of Transportation, and assisting with the local community.
    • Pioche Conservation Camp (PCC) was the first Conservation Camp established by the Nevada Department of Corrections in Rural Nevada. It provides Initial Attack Wildland Firefighting Crews operated by the Nevada Division of Forestry for Lincoln County and the state of Nevada. Along with community project crews, Emergency Crews have been dispatched to other Natural Disasters including the 1997 Floods in Carson City and 2003 in Caliente, Nevada. Crews from PCC also participated in the recovery efforts of the Space shuttle COLUMBIA in May 2003. In 2008 Emergency Crews responded twice to California (Chico and Grass Valley). Every year fire crews are sent out statewide to render assistance with major fires.
    • Under the supervision of Silver State Industries, the ranch operates a commercial dairy, grows alfalfa, breeds and raises cattle and cares for horses in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Land Management. The Wild Horse Program involves inmates training horses for adoption by the public.
    • The majority of the inmates at TCC work for the Nevada Division of Forestry and are assigned to twelve-man fire crews. Inmates fight wildfires and do multiple community assignments throughout the area.
    • Lovelock – The 40,000-square-foot Prison Industries building complex is comprised of two buildings, each containing two 10,000-square-foot rooms. Currently the Garment Factory utilizes one building and the Mattress Factory occupies the other.
    • High Desert – The Prison Industries building complex is comprised of one building of approximately 65,000 square feet. The Prison Industries building houses six work bays of approximately 10,000 square feet. Each of the bays has camera surveillance capabilities and a dining area for the workers.
    • NNCC – Silver State Industries includes a wood shop, metal shop, paint shop and upholstery. They manufacture a variety of products for governmental agencies and private entities. The Print Shop and Bookbindery is now located at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.
    • Prison industries at SDCC offers card sorting and the Silver State automotive restoration and repair.
    • Warm Springs – A crew of thirty inmates recycle playing cards for resale in area gift shops and retail outlets. The work involves trimming the corners of decks with an industrial cutter (to denote that the decks may not be used again in a casino), sorting the cards to ensure each deck is complete and packaging them for resale.
    • Action: research what retailers are using this labor – info campaign and/or PSA

 

 

Announcements:

  • Trauma Advocacy Group
  • GoFundMe for RS space
  • Might change MH meeting to Thursday so that we can participate in the Pride Parade

 

Notes on people held past release (carried over from last meeting):

 

NV CURE – It costs approximately $20,000.00 per year for Nevada to incarcerate a person in prison.  That is $54.79 per day.  For over 400 people, that is over $21,917.00 PER DAY it is costing Nevada taxpayers to hold people in prison that should have been released and on their way to becoming productive members of our community.

 

It’s a conundrum that continually pops up in the Legislature. And it comes at a high cost to Nevada taxpayers: About $4 million a year to house and feed inmates the government determined should be let out.

 

Through public records, interviews and correspondence the Review-Journal has found:

■ Some inmates are just too poor for parole. There is a limited amount of public funding available to help inmates pay rent at the state’s few halfway houses, leaving some stuck.

■ The parole backlog largely has been pushed aside by anyone with the power to do something about it.

■ The seemingly haphazard process could violate constitutional rights.

If Nevada leaders figured out how to get their backlog of paroled inmates out of prison, it could save millions and offer a fairer system on the surface. But one thing is clear in this mystery: With the legislative session underway, no one seems to have a plan to speed things up.

 

If the board grants parole — a privilege, not a right, according to Nevada law — the inmate must submit a plan for life on the outside to the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation.

And that’s where the system hits a snag. For one in three paroled inmates, something goes awry with the submitted plan and Parole and Probation officials won’t sign off. The inmates then wait, often for months or even years.

Those holdups result in Nevada taxpayers paying roughly $343,000 per month — or more than $4 million in an average year — to feed, house, guard and provide medical care for more than 300 people a year the state has decided don’t need to be in prison.

Last year, Nevada averaged parole backlog of 365 prisoners. The bottleneck would fill almost 70 percent of the Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City.

More than 75 percent of parolees awaiting release in 2014 were stalled by plan-related administrative delays.

 

About 10 percent of unreleased parolees had an approved plan but stayed locked up while awaiting indigent funding or approval to parole in another jurisdiction.

Around 5 percent of unreleased parolees had trouble finding a halfway house or faced placement complications stemming from their sex offender status

 

If inmates don’t have approved family or friends to live with, the division requires proof of ability to pay for placement in a state-licensed halfway house, transitional living facility or treatment center.

 

Parole’s place in Nevada is unusual. Many states make parole part of corrections. Others require an inmate’s release plan before the parole board even considers supervised release.

And in some states, the prison system makes release plans for inmates.

Not having united parole and corrections departments creates a challenge, Horn said, because separate agencies can have conflicting interests.

Nevada spends an average of $54.15 per day to keep a prisoner in custody, according to the latest Department of Corrections figures.

State officials estimate supervising a parolee costs only $7.47 per day.

 

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/nevadas-legal-purgatory-paroled-prisoners-stay-behind-bars/

 

http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/34424209/taxpayers-footing-bill-for-nv-parolees-kept-in-prison

 

365 (backlog) * 54.79 (per day cost) = $19,998.35

$19,998.35 * 365 (days in year) = $7,299,397.75

 

Notes on Civil Asset Forfeiture

 

  • $3.27 million of property was forfeited in fiscal year 2016 to all Nevada law enforcement agencies in fiscal year 2016.
  • $1.9 million of that figure was to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
  • $375,497 was to the North Las Vegas Police Department.
  • $273,420 was to the Henderson Police Department.
  • The property was primarily cash, but also includes vehicles and items like jewelry.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/nevada-lawmaker-wants-change-in-civil-forfeiture-rules/

 

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/minorities-a-prime-target-of-las-vegas-police-seizures-report-finds/

 

John Oliver

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

 

Vice News

https://youtu.be/EP88_mNK3-U

Criminal Justice Team Meeting September 9, 2017

Adam – DACA – no new applications for DACA; no more paroles

PLAN is having a know your rights workshop – date?

 

Police training update: Looks like about half of states have laws mandating mental health training for law enforcement – Nevada is not on the list.

Action: Becky and Gerid will try to get a retired highway patrol officer to join us – Gordon Martinez

 

Shelby – Harbor program – if a child is brought in on a misdemeanor they can be deferred to the “Harbor” where services are available to try to identify issues and address the behaviour – pilot project

 

One of the candidates for chief of police in Henderson (Arlington, Texas Police Department Deputy Chief LaTesha Watson) looks very promising.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/henderson/henderson-announces-2-finalists-for-police-chief/

 

Update on reporting of police shootings/killings:

The most reputable sources I could find are still not consistent in the numbers reported (differences in methodology may account for this):

 

Source Criteria 2016 2015 2014 2013
https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/ “Police Killings” 14 20 22 13
Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2017

“shootings in which a police officer, in the line of duty, shoots and kills a civilian” 14 19
The Guardian – “The Counted”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database

“People killed by police” 15 19
http://www.fatalencounters.org/ “all deaths through police interaction” 19 22 27 14

 

Metro lists fatal officer involved shootings on it’s website (also non-fatal under another tab):

https://www.lvmpd.com/en-us/InternalOversightConstitutionalPolicing/Pages/FatalOfficerInvolvedShootings.aspx

“Fatal officer involved shootings”

2016 – 3

2015 – 11

2014 – 8

2013 – 3

 

Are there any legal mandates for reporting police killings anywhere in the US?

Department of Justice will collect data on the police use of deadly force in the line of duty. The bureau is in the process of setting up a database that can track police killings and other use of force during interactions with the public.

The new DOJ system is modeled after “The Counted” — a groundbreaking initiative by The Guardian which kept track of police killings since 2015 by relying on local media reports, and as a result has created a more complete picture of brutality by law enforcement in the US.

All law enforcement agencies — 19,450 in total — will be required to submit quarterly reports of all officer-involved deaths directly to the DOJ, including information about the location and time of the incident, manner of death, the victim’s behavior during the incident, reason for initial contact, and the victim’s race, age, gender, and so on. Failure to comply means they could lose 10 percent of their agency’s funding.

 

Medical examiners and coroners will also be required to submit reports to the DOJ whenever they receive a body of someone who was killed by police.

 

https://news.vice.com/article/the-us-government-will-track-killings-by-police-for-the-first-time-ever

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/doj-announces-plan-track-police-use-force

Action: find out if there has been progress on this initiative

“In 2014, Congress passed the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA), which required states and federal law enforcement agencies to submit data to the department about civilians who died during interactions with law enforcement or in their custody (whether resulting from use of force or some other manner of death, such as suicide or natural causes) and authorized the Attorney General to impose a financial penalty on non-compliant states.”

Arrest-related deaths are tracked by DOJ: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=82

 

Texas has proposed legislation mandating reporting of shootings that would then be accessible by the public.

 

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/15/texas-police-shooting-reporting-fine/

 

We still need current or former police and/or corrections officers who would be willing to talk to us about their experiences and training.  Action: does anyone have personal connections they can leverage?

 

Wrongful convictions update: Sara did some research on existing innocence claims (research document).  There are a few that we may want to research more fully:

 

Lawrence Schwiger

#71278 – NNCC

Alford plea – later attempted to withdraw

Convictions: Lewdness – Life with possibility of parole – current

Solicitation to commit murder – 72-180 months – pending

Status: incarcerated – multiple appeals and parole denials

Action: find case text for original trial (not habeas cases)

http://cases.iippi.org/lawrence-schwiger/

 

Case No. C173970

C174784

3:07-cv-00382-LRH-RAM

 

Kirstin Blaise Lobato (National Innocence Project will pay for DNA testing)

#95558 – McClure

Convictions: Involuntary manslaughter – 48-120 months – consecutive

Use of a deadly weapon – 48-120 months – consecutive

Sexual penetration of a dead body – 60-180 months – active

Status: incarcerated – parole denied

Action: reach out to Nevadacure.org – they seem to be on top of her case – Sara to talk to them and possibly attend their next monthly meeting

https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/lawyers-for-convicted-killer-kirstin-lobato-want-da-to-take-a-fresh-look-at-evidence/

 

Jemar Matthews

#1014654 – High Desert State Prison

Private representation – Todd Leventhal

Lack of evidence; prosecutorial misconduct found by court – new trial scheduled for September

Convictions: Murder – multiple counts – Life with parole

Attempted murder – multiple counts – 48-240 months

Use of a deadly weapon – multiple counts – 48-240 months

Status: incarcerated

https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/las-vegas-judge-overturns-2007-murder-conviction/

http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/i-team-inmate-awaits-new-trial-claims-innocence/765838444

Action: more research into case – if we believe he is innocent we should organize an informational campaign or website in advance of the new trial

 

Lerlene Roever

#62297 – McClure

Improper actions by prosecution, ineffective assistance of counsel, refusal to accept plea bargains

Conviction: Murder

Status: incarcerated – parole denied

Action: reach out to Nevadacure.org – they seem to be on top of her case – Sara to talk to them and possibly attend their next monthly meeting

 

Roberto Hernandez Miranda

Ineffective assistance of counsel

Conviction: murder

Status: Charges dropped and $5 million in compensation awarded for 13 years on NV’s death row

Action: look into how he got compensation

 

David Ruffa

#89266 – SDCC

DNA tests exonerated him but he was convicted and sentenced to life anyways

Convictions: Murder – life – active

Kidnapping – life – active

Status: incarcerated

http://truthinjustice.org/david-ruffa.htm

Action: more research on the case and if he is currently appealing/represented by counsel

 

Update on Nevada Cure meeting: Sara and Denise both attended the monthly meeting of Nevada Cure.  The group has a number of initiative that they are working on.  They receive a grant of bus passes periodically that they share with P&P, they also do book donation drop offs, donations of shower shoes and combs, fundraisers in conjunction with the McClure women’s prison.  They brought up the issue of prisoners being held past their release date (400 in Nevada) because they do not have approved housing to be released to.  They discussed opening their own half-way house in Pahrump. Action: what resources are available?  What are other states doing?

 

Action: Ask NV Cure what the breakdown is for where the 400 people held past release are originally from (Southern Nevada?)

 

Update from Gerid: how many people are in jail/prison currently in NV who would have been eligible for release if the marijuana bill had passed and what is it costing tax payers?

Most recent stats are from 2009

164,000 arrest / 6,703 were for marijuana (4%)

$77 million dollars a year cost of incarceration

Almost all are for possession

 

Immigration, ICE, and deportations update:

 

Update on Denver bill:

    • Background: The bill would prevent jail staff from contacting ICE about an inmate’s release, unless they have a signed warrant from a federal judge or magistrate. ICE agents would need to obtain a warrant to gain access to secure areas of jails. Currently, jail employees must give ICE notice about inmates before their release. Mayor has also put forth an executive order. The mayor’s executive order would establish legal defense for immigrants through the nonprofit and legal community and would protect victims of crime, regardless of their immigration status. It would also help children and families who are separated by the system.
  • The council approved the measure, called the Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act, on a 10-0 vote.
  • http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/28/denver-elevates-immigration-stance-no-asking-about-status-but-limited-info-sharing-includes-jail-release-notifications/
  • But the city, at the insistence of Mayor Michael Hancock, still will notify ICE of impending releases of immigrants of interest, although usually not with the 48-hour notice officials have requested — and with the addition of rights advisements given to affected inmates. That is among exceptions that make Denver’s ordinance more moderate than some so-called “sanctuary city” laws elsewhere.
  • http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/28/denver-immigration-policy-donald-trump-federal-blowback/

Action: find out what local judges (if any) are signing warrants for ICE and under what circumstances so that we can put pressure on them.

 

Civil forfeiture laws update:

 

There was a senate bill (SB358) this past legislative session that would have reformed civil forfeiture laws in NV but it didn’t make to the floor. Action: contact the senator/s who put forth the bill and ask for some insight into why it didn’t make it further

 

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/nevada-lawmaker-wants-change-in-civil-forfeiture-rules/

 

Title IX updates: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/betsy-devos-may-rescind-title-ix-guidelines-heres-what-that-could-mean_us_59aff829e4b0dfaafcf443e5

 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tylerkingkade/these-democratic-senators-are-blasting-betsy-devos-for-her?utm_term=.lo8oxQAOL#.knaeoYvgN

 

Note: The article I (Sara) read yesterday and mentioned at the meeting was probably alarmist and the actual implications won’t be as bad as I originally thought.  DeVos is expected to make official comments on Thursday 9/7 about changes.

 

Action: What protections do sexual assault victims have specifically under Nevada state law?

 

“The Bad Kids” documentary November 19th – Shelby will provide contact info for org that is screening