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

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