The organization and several partner organizations signed on to the missive dated Thursday — the same day that the Nevada Department of Corrections announced its first case of COVID-19, in a staff member at High Desert State Prison north of Las Vegas. Sisolak has not committed to mass inmate releases but his office said Thursday that “all options that could help prevent the spread and keep people safe are on the table.”
Although applicants for the chancellor position are still considered confidential at this point, Hardesty’s application for the position became public in motions filed by his attorney and attorneys for the higher education system last week seeking an expedited ruling on whether or not a constitutional prohibition on sitting justices taking another office during their term.
Those concerns gained new urgency on Thursday, when the Nevada Department of Corrections announced its first case of COVID-19 — a staff member at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs had tested positive and is now self-quarantined at home. The prison, which is the largest in the state and can hold nearly 4,200 male inmates, said it had responded by isolating inmates in their cells, observing inmates and staff for symptoms and sanitizing surfaces with a 10 percent bleach solution.
That’s because under a state law passed in 2007, the state government is explicitly prohibited from confiscating firearms or adopting any policies that impose “additional restrictions as to the lawful possession, transfer, sale, carrying, storage, display or use of” firearms, ammunition or firearm components in a declared state of emergency.
Since the fall of 2018, the U.S. attorney’s office in Nevada reported prosecuting five murders on tribal lands in Nevada — including four in which the victims were women, reflecting the nationwide pattern of violence against Native women.
The order, signed by Chief Judge Linda Bell and Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Kristina Pickering, states that beginning Monday all scheduled “non-essential” court hearings will be conducted by video or telephone, decided on the papers or rescheduled unless otherwise directed by a judge. It is up for review at least every 30 days and will continue until rescinded by a subsequent order.
Ponder gave an at-times tearful testimony to the board about how he was “atrociously addicted to everything known to man” and that it was “humiliating and embarrassing” to revisit his past actions. He said he has been clean and sober for 16 years.
Appointed by Gov. Steve Sisolak in December, Daniels is fresh off a yearlong assignment at the Alabama Department of Corrections, where he was working to help improve a system so problem-plagued that the federal Department of Justice got involved.
Nevada is at a crossroads: still trying to understand the implications of legalizing adult use marijuana three years ago, and how to ensure those who are driving when they shouldn’t face consequences without ensnaring those whose legal high has long since worn off.
In rural Humboldt County (population 16,700), county public defender Matt Stermitz has filed a lawsuit in the state’s 6th Judicial District Court seeking an answer, or at least clarification, on a now pressing question caused by that ruling — should rural judges be allowed to oversee jury trials in misdemeanor domestic violence cases, even though such judges aren’t required to be licensed attorneys?
“DRCs are a high cost program serving a small percentage of offenders at an additional cost to community supervision,” auditors wrote. “Allocating resources to other successful programs and services optimizes limited funds for reintegration efforts to maximize outcomes.”
A three-justice panel of the state’s Supreme Court issued the ruling on Thursday, affirming a lower court’s decision to keep confidential body camera footage of an event involving Ford in November 2017 and requested by the Republican Attorney Generals Association (RAGA), which opposed the Democrat during the 2018 election.
In the motion, attorneys for the group said that the appeal was not only another attempt to delay signature gathering for the petition, but also an “unmistakable misuse” of the legal process given that the opposing side had already prevailed in district court and required backers to use a different, watered-down “description of effect.”
Deanna Page’s lightbulb moment occurred inside the Clark County Detention Center when she was staring down six to 15 years in prison, possibly longer. Her story features plot points that likely aren’t all that different from her fellow inmates — an addiction, a bad decision and, ultimately, an arrest.
The dispute came during a Thursday meeting of the Legislative Commission — an interim body that reviews and approves regulations by state agencies — to approve a short resolution that essentially ratifies a decision made by the body in December to appeal a lower court’s decision barring legislative attorneys from participating in the case.
An opinion by the court released on Thursday reversed a lower court’s decision and will allow Cristina Paulos, an artist based in Las Vegas, to continue long-running litigation against a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer and the casino resort, in spite of similar claims being partially rejected by a federal court.
What’s known as the “three P” program — Puppies, Prisoners and Patriots — is a collaboration between the LCC and a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas called Those Left Behind. The purpose of the program is to rehabilitate dogs rescued by the organization from high-kill shelters — sometimes when they’re on the brink of being euthanized — and have inmates, or handlers, train them to become emotional support dogs for veterans and first responders.
The City of Las Vegas’ Department of Public Safety has set a goal to reduce its annual intake of homeless inmates by more than 1,000, or 20 percent over the next three years, and to provide follow-up support after people are released from jail.