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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

 

Mental Health Meeting Notes 12/01/2017

Action items from last meeting:

  • Action: Get in touch with Sara, Denise, or Alexander if you want to volunteer or if you know someone who is interested send them our contact info
  • Action: Review the redistricting bill – follow up on boards
  • Action: Research on what percentage of homeless people are mentally ill
  • Action: Research on Utah’s program and how they started it.  Did Utah do a census?  If so, how?
  • Action: We need help adding to and vetting resources on the Re-Entry Assistance spreadsheet

 

Agenda:

 

 

 

  • BDR Discussion – We would like to work on one for each team
      • CJ Ideas:
        • Compensation for wrongful convictions
        • Revised sex offenders statuses;
        • Mandated mental health training for police
        • Institute PAARI program
      • Education Ideas:
        • Pot tax for education;
        • Ending or funding Common Core;
        • Split up school board;
        • Reduced testing requirement
        • Changing requirements for serving on the school board
      • 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
        • 1997 Dana Clements – Shay’s family submitted a bill that did not pass related to mental illness.  Required that people who were released from mental health programs have follow up to make sure that they are maintaining their medications or safely transitioning off of medication. Sponsored by senator Regan.  Action: look up the bill and see if it’s something we’d want to reintroduce
        • Institute a mental health court system
        • Statutory protection for people admitted to a hospital under a psychiatric hold – time frame

 

 

Team updates:

  • Update on Criminal Justice
    • Collaboration with NV Cure
      • Parole Backlog PSA
    • Resource Document
      • Action: We still need help adding to and vetting resources on the spreadsheet
        • Sara is going to be assigning resources 5-10 at a time.  Does anyone want to commit to researching a small block?
  • Update on Education
  • Book Club
    • First one was a success.  Next discussion will be December 17th.
    • Next book is “How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective”.  It’s 200 pages so it shouldn’t be too hard to read in 16 days.
    • “The Combahee River Collective, a path-breaking group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the antiracist and women’s liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection of essays and interviews edited by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to Black feminism and its impact on today’s struggles.”

 

Announcements:

 

  • Thursday December 7th
    • Net Neutrality protest by Team Internet 11:30 at Verizon Headquarters Corporate Verizon store: 3825 S Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas NV 89119

 

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

 

Mental Health Meeting Notes 11/10/2017

Action items from last meeting:

 

Action: Alexander to get in touch with the Helpful Hoodlums

Action: CSRT – Alexander, Denise, and Sara will add our availability to the calendar

Action: CSRT – Set up meeting with Holly at The Center

Action: Denise to create event/group for book club

 

All actions were completed! (Calendar updates will be ongoing)

 

Agenda:

 

  • Update on Alexander’s meeting with Dustin from the Helpful Hoodlums
    • They have two main initiatives
      • Resources for the homeless (food, supplies, etc.)
      • Providing art supplies and musical instruments to youth (under 18) along with mentorship and tutoring
  • Update on CSRT and meeting with Holly
    • The Center received a grant that runs till June
    • Must train 60 people and serve 100
    • Their program will run during Center open hours
    • We will be working directly with Holly and AJ to create the program
    • Goal is that in June they are able to get the grant renewed and increased which will allow us to share funding for 24 hour access
    • We are reviewing Holly’s materials and will be meeting with her again on Nov 20th
  • Update on CSRT volunteers and scheduling
    • How to create and share google calendars
    • Action: Get in touch with Sara, Denise, or Alexander if you want to volunteer or if you know someone who is interested send them our contact info
  • Discussion and commitment to community service action for November
    • Trans Day of Remembrance
    • Qvolution Youth Thanksgiving
      • Qvolution days for button making?  Or December.
      • Ask Nicol about kids helping to clean up
    • Food Not Bombs
      • Feed the homeless
      • Three Square?
      • ACRC – trying to work with groceries
    • Shay is Volunteer Outreach for Our Revolution – she will probably need volunteers for Trans Day of Remembrance activities
    • Other suggestions?
  • Ideas for community service in December
    • Michael brought up the idea of doing some kind of holiday event (maybe even on Christmas) for people who don’t have friends or family
    • Green the World – services for children
  • Kyle brought up the mental health districting
    • Action: Review the redistricting bill – follow up on boards
  • Michael brought up shooting in Texas and how these incidents lead to more stigma on mental illness
  • Shay brought up the idea of trying to find existing research or create our own research on what percentage of homeless people are mentally ill
    • Action: Does this research exist?  If not, how do we collect it?
    • https://deserthopetreatment.com/homeless-las-vegas-drugs-despair/ Desert Hope may be a resource to reach out to for direction. Additionally, you could reach out to the organization responsible for including the homeless in the Census. Street Teens I believe is one that was involved in that program once upon a time. -Alexander
  • Billie brought up Utah’s system for homeless and drug addicted population – tiny homes
    • Action: Do some research on this.  Did Utah do a census?  If so, how?

 

Team updates:

  • Update on Criminal Justice
    • Letter writing for NV Cure
      • Billie and Shalom want to do a letter – Action for Sara – email William
    • Parole Backlog PSA
    • Resource Document
      • Action: We need help adding to and vetting resources on the spreadsheet
        • Sara can share the spreadsheet with anyone who is interested in helping
    • Josiah has a friend currently in prison
      • He should be out in May
      • He’s being used to fight fires
  • Update on Education
    • Kyle’s running for Governor!
    • MJ tax PSA progress
    • Small meeting but the idea of tutoring program was reintroduced

 

Announcements:

 

 

Agenda

General

Planning

Dossiers

Put skills to use

Newsletters

Direct requests for assistance

 

Agenda for round table:

 

Formalizing local toolkit for organizing (meetings, organizing, recruitment)

 

Agenda for rs:

 

Vote on direction, vision, and structure, large meeting

 

Criminal justice:

 

Vetting resources for reentry, exit is isolated and hopeless

 

MLK Parade float 50 avec Ming at 8am for Nevada Desert Experience

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/

 

Education Meeting Notes 10/27/2018

Alexander’s meeting with Helpful Hoodlums

  • They have two main initiatives
    • Resources for the homeless (food, supplies, etc.)
    • Providing art supplies and musical instruments to youth (under 18) along with mentorship and tutoring

 

Mentioned Street teens: http://www.streetteens.org/

 

Discussion of the tutoring program we discussed over the summer

  • Incorporation with Safe Key
  • How to get tutors?  Source volunteers directly from the community.
  • Best practices: one on one, child directed
  • Alex mentioned his work with Americorps – Leaders In Training (connected with Teach for America) – Founder Erica Mosca
  • Alexander talked about how even when there are existing programs they are not always accessible – he wants to create a comprehensive plan
    • Networking with existing organizations
    • Developing explicit battle plan:
      • What does success look like?
      • What steps need to be taken to get there?
      • What is the first step?
    • Tutoring, cooperative and collaborative education, life skills, making these self sufficient within communities

 

Mental Health update:

  • Community Support Response Team
    • Coalition – Sin City Sanity
      • Rights Society
      • Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective

 

Criminal Justice update:

  • Alexander – emphasis on community engagement
    • Develop a map of who the organizations in the space are and what they provide
    • Establish personal contacts
    • Documentation
  • Action: Develop a detailed plan for what success looks like and how we get there

 

  • Parole PSA and Nevada CURE – Sara talked about a call she had with John from Nevada CURE
    • John (president of NV Cure) wants to start a halfway house
      • 20 acres in Pahrump – wants to provide 90 beds for 90 days
      • He has a re-entry coordinator who is going to write a business plan for him
      • He has shared a contact who he personally helped when they were held past parole
      • He also shared names of two attorneys who are involved in similar work in Colorado
    • Should we reach out to Michael Martin (article below)?  He is still High Desert State Prison despite his parole being granted in 2014.
    • Action: Compile a list of halfway houses in Nevada and start calling them to determine:
      • Cost
      • Number of beds/waitlist
      • Requirements

 

Google spreadsheet for housing information:

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

 

Google Doc for parole backlog PSA planning:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18z87GNXcht7PPf_T-L8GmHOmyMuSiElFv–r8-tkLtY/edit?usp=sharing

 

    • PLAN – Participatory Defense Team
      • PLAN has funding that is to be used generally for combating “mass incarceration”

 

Action: Make a list of local organizations that we want to work with and leader contact info – then plan a meeting so that we can all get to know each other and share our projects

 

Mental Health Meeting Notes 10/19/2017

Domestic violence PSA put off till next year or later

 

Discussion about community service opportunities for this month and next

  • October – Pride Parade, maybe Food Not Bombs
  • November – Trans Pride and Day of remembrance, Button making with Qvolution

 

Action: Alex to get in touch with the Helpful Hoodlums

 

Update on TIP (existing program) and our trauma advocacy efforts

 

  • Working on filling out and vetting the resource document
  • The Calendar for volunteers is active – need to train people how to use it
  • Action: Alex, Denise, and Sara will add our availability to the calendar
  • We can have space at the Paradise Rec center – we just need to schedule 2 weeks out
  • The LGBTQ Center got a grant for a trauma advocacy program with training
    • We would like to talk to them about how we can assist and/or partner with them
    • Alex is available MTW after 4pm – Sara will try to set up a meeting with Holly
    • We will need a marketing plan to make sure the scope is wide and we can reach everyone who needs assistance
  • We should be thinking about how to communicate that this is not only for intense crisis or trauma events – it can just be someone needing a safe space to talk
  • We’re also building a relationship with the Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective
  • Overall goal is to build community
  • Denise went over the Day as a Trauma Support Advocate document

 

Denise is starting a book club!

    • There will be a google group
    • Group suggestions:
      • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
      • 1984 by George Orwell
      • People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
      • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
      • The Psychopath Whisperer by Kent A. Kiehl
      • Rise of the Warrior Cop by Radley Balko
      • We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

 

  • I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin – winner for November – we will meet to discuss late November – we’ll probably show the movie and do a potluck – Sunday early afternoon

 

    • Granny Made Me an Anarchist by Stuart Christie
    • Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
    • Healing Dramas and Clinical Plots by Cheryl Mattingly
    • A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Action: Denise to create event/group

 

Discussion about community gardens

  • Green our planet – gardens in schools
  • Guerilla gardening
  • Alexander may have a contact with a space

 

Criminal Justice Reform update:

Sara talked to John from Nevada Cure – they are very interested in working with us on mail and the parole PSA – Sara will be calling John to discuss further

 

Education update:

PSA on where the marijuana tax is going is being filmed tomorrow

 

Education Meeting October 6, 2017

Debrief on the trauma support advocacy work Sara, Denise, and Alexander have been doing:

 

We’ve been working out of The Center this week offering peer counseling and advocacy.  Next week we will be offering services on an on-call basis.  We have 10 volunteers that will be training via conference call on Saturday and would like to follow up with an in person training sometime next week. We are looking for a place to hold this training.

 

Right now we are focused on immediate need because of the shooting but we want this to continue and be something that is always available to the community.  We will need more volunteers to make this a reality.

 

Action – What we need now:

  • Publicize our existence on social media
  • Share our info with potential volunteers
  • Send Sara or Denise any places you find that are actively seeking donations or volunteers
  • If you have time to vet resources (calling and getting up to date information) we can add you to the resource document

 

Education discussion

 

Kyle called the governor’s office for information on the marijuana tax and was told they don’t have the information.  We’re still working on on marijuana tax PSA script (roughly 1 minute 30 seconds)

 

Action: research on the history of the marijuana ballot question and legislation.

  • Where is 15% wholesale cultivation tax going?
  • Where is the 10% retail tax going?
  • Reach out to NPR reporter who reported that the tax was going to the rainy day fund?

 

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/jun/06/esas-loss-tax-money-recreational-pot-rainy-day/

 

Research:

 

https://ballotpedia.org/Nevada_Marijuana_Legalization,_Question_2_(2016)

 

Text of ballot question, explanation, and digest (starting on page 13):

http://nvsos.gov/sos/home/showdocument?id=4434

 

Shall the Nevada Revised Statutes be amended to allow a person, 21 years old or older, to purchase, cultivate, possess, or consume a certain amount of marijuana or concentrated marijuana, as well as manufacture, possess, use, transport, purchase, distribute, or sell marijuana paraphernalia; impose a 15 percent excise tax on wholesale sales of marijuana; require the regulation and licensing of marijuana cultivators, testing facilities, distributors, suppliers, and retailers; and provide for certain criminal penalties?

Yes

No [23]

FINANCIAL IMPACT – CANNOT BE DETERMINED

OVERVIEW

Question 2 proposes to amend the Nevada Revised Statutes to add several new sections that would require the Department of Taxation to regulate and administer the operation of facilities that cultivate, produce, and dispense marijuana products in the state. Question 2 additionally requires the Department to collect a 15 percent excise tax upon the wholesale value of marijuana sold by a marijuana cultivation facility in Nevada. The proceeds from the excise tax, less costs incurred by the Department of Taxation and counties, cities, and towns to carry out certain provisions of Question 2, must be deposited in the State Distributive School Account.

 

Ambra’s notes:

 

-Kevin Childs. Ignored restrictions to stay away from district properties, back in December of 2016 it was implemented. Why does he still have a seat on the board?

December 2016 article: https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/education/ccsd-bars-trustee-kevin-child-from-making-school-visits/

October 2017 article: https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/education/ccsd-superintendent-bans-trustee-child-from-school-property/

Petiton made against him over inapproprate comments: https://www.change.org/p/ccsd-board-members-resign-ccsd-trustee-kevin-child

 

-Pat Skorkowsky. Who is replacing him? Is it appointed or voted on?

 

-Who is running for school board? Eileen Eady, president of Together We Will, is running in district G, I believe.

 

-What is going on with all these school bus crashes? Since August of 2017, there have been 40 incidents. http://www.ktnv.com/news/contact-13/contact-13-accidents-involving-school-buses

 

Kyle’s Report

Filmed footage of Euphoria Dispensary and will be editing the PSA.

 

SB487 MJ Bill – https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/79th2017/Bills/SB/SB487_EN.pdf

 

“Legislative Counsel’s Digest: Existing law imposes an excise tax at the rate of 2 percent upon each wholesale sale of marijuana by a cultivation facility, each wholesale sale of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products by a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products and each retail sale of marijuana, edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products by a medical marijuana dispensary. (NRS 372A.290) Existing law also imposes an excise tax at the rate of 15 percent upon each wholesale sale of marijuana by a marijuana cultivation facility. (NRS 453D.500) Section 9 of this bill: (1) increases the rate of the excise tax on a wholesale sale of marijuana for medical use by a cultivation facility from 2 percent to 15 percent; (2) abolishes the excise tax on sales by a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products or a medical marijuana dispensary; and (3) imposes upon retail sales of marijuana or marijuana products by a retail marijuana store an excise tax at the rate of 10 percent of the sales price of the marijuana or product. Sections 1-8 and 10-14 of this bill make conforming changes. Section 3.5 of this bill requires each marijuana establishment and medical marijuana establishment to submit a report to the Department of Taxation that includes certain information concerning the production and sale of marijuana by the establishment. Existing law distributes 75 percent of the proceeds of the excise taxes on medical marijuana establishments to the State Distributive School Account in the State General Fund and 25 percent to pay the costs of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health of the Department of Health and Human Services in carrying out the laws of this State relating to medical marijuana establishments. (NRS 372A.290) Existing law also distributes the proceeds of the excise tax on marijuana cultivation facilities to the Department of Taxation and each locality to – 2 – – 79th Session (2017) pay for the costs of carrying out the laws of this State relating to recreational marijuana establishments, with any remainder to be deposited in the State Distributive School Account in the State General Fund. (NRS 453D.510) Section 9 of this bill revises the distribution of the proceeds of the excise tax imposed on wholesale sales of marijuana for medical use by a cultivation facility to another medical marijuana establishment to be similar to the distribution of the proceeds of the excise tax on a marijuana cultivation facility for the retail sale of marijuana or marijuana products. Section 9 also deems an amount of $5,000,000 from such excise taxes in each fiscal year to be sufficient to pay the costs of local governments to carry out the provisions of state law relating to the sale of marijuana for medical or other use. Finally, section 9 distributes the proceeds of the excise tax on the retail sale of marijuana to the Account to Stabilize the Operation of the State Government, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, in the State General Fund. “

 

I was unable to get any interview footage, but we can get some this week. We have great footage for the PSA doc. Some of the facts above need to be listed in the video.

From speaking to the Dispensary manager she had the idea of it all going to the rainy day fund, customers not so much. One guy knew it was going somewhere, because they “are always trying to hide stuff from us”.

 

Still trying to get a hold of a legislature working on the bill. I heard Tick Siegerbloom saying it is a great step for funding but wants the Governor to call a special session to properly fund education.

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

Mental Health Meeting Notes 9/12/17

Attendees: Gina, Denise, Sara Bartel, Mark, Kenia (Therapist, Budget Documents, Report Cards, Works at the Prison), Masumi (Social Student), Alex (Student of Psychology studying organizations, now a jeweler), Lori (Behavioral Specialist), Amber, Shalom, Sue, Trayshawn, Amari Booker (All Shades United), Shay

Denise shared an update on the upcoming healthcare conference:

 

We’re working with Healthcare Now for their national convention.  RS will be doing multiple mental health panels on Friday September 29th from 10am-6pm as part of the conference.

 

  • Pharma/ Addiction/ Alternative forms of care/ Marijuana
  • Incarceration and mental health
  • PTSD/ Suicide Prevention/Vets/Violence survivors
  • Autism, behavioral health, education (Lori can be a backup for presenters)

 

Mental Health – Friday

Single Payer – Saturday

Activism – Sunday

 

Cost to attend is $65.  There will be scholarships available.  They are also looking for volunteers.

https://www.healthcare-now.org/strategy-conference/2017-las-vegas/

 

If anyone has recommendations for people who would be interested in being panelists please send their contact email to us through Facebook or the Rights Society website (rightssociety.us)

 

Treshawn talked about All Shades U’s initiatives

Also the 29th they will be doing an event called Whites Against Racism in conjunction with SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice) from 7-8:30pm 3616 E. Lake Mead Blvd

Lean on Me Project – they go out into the community and provide food and supplies for people without homes

Community Thanksgiving event will be coming up

 

Alex talked about his personal experiences and observations from growing up in a very low income neighborhood.  His feeling is that the biggest determining factor he’s seen on whether people go to prison or take a more “positive” path  is having community support networks in place.

 

Shay shared information she found from an organization (Well Care) that is working on similar issues in Reno.  Action: track down and get in contact with this organization – Sara will work on getting contact info (Marce Casal CEO) and Shay will follow up.

 

Kenia talked about legislation related to mental health.  172 federal bills pending that relate to mental health. They are using broad definitions to define mental illness (which is good because more people will get access to care).

 

Quick update/review of the mental health districting and the boards.  The application is open to anyone.  It is posted on our facebook if you want to put in an application.  These board members will have a good deal of control over the direction of these districts including budget.

 

Denise and Mark have been looking into alternative court treatment for drug offenders in other states.  Glouchester, Indiana, Buffalo.

 

Rhode Island usage of Vivitrol as an alternative sentencing program.  Rise program in Nevada.  There is no IRB (institutional review board) in Nevada.

http://doc.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/docnvgov/content/About/Press_Release/Vivitrol%20Pilot.pdf

 

Because this is a federal grant we could file a FOIA request to get the actual data that is being provided by the state. Action: Alex will look into FOIA request

 

Action: Kenia will do more research into the Rise program

 

Denise discussed the program that’s working in Dixon Illinois:

https://www.discoverdixon.org/departments/police-department/inside-the-dixon-police-dept/safe-passage.html

Dixon worked with PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative) that partnered people with addiction support services.  Action: Mark will do more research into this program and Denise will try to get in contact with Dixon police.

 

October is domestic violence awareness month.  Start thinking about who would be interested in working on our next PSA.

 

November – Lupus walk


Additional Action Items:

 

  • Look into Mental Health Court (Heidi made mistake at end of campaign and costed her election; court may be affected; Civil Commitment Hearings – Institutionalized at the request of someone else; you lose liberty and have to go through same process as if you’d committed a crime)

 

 

 

  • Find out more about ABC (Assistance in Breaking the Cycle) and the Henderson Police Department

 

 

 

  • Does anyone have a contact at insurance provider who’d be willing to talk to us?

 

 

 

  • Find journalists who have worked on mental health articles and would be interested in working on this topic

 

 

 

  • Bring a mental health professional, provider or patient to the next meeting

 

 

 

  • Send us your recommendations for potential speakers for Mental Health Panels