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Sen. Pat Spearman (D-North Las Vegas) during a bill hearing at the Legislature in Carson City on Monday, April 10, 2023 (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent).

Human rights at center of bill aiming to limit solitary confinement at Nevada prisons

SB307 outlines new regulations for the use of solitary confinement that are more stringent and individualized than a similar 2017 bill and mandates annual NDOC reports.

Inmates in the yard of a correctional facility.

Families of inmates seek independent ombudsman to handle prisoners’ complaints

Jodi Hocking, founder of the nonprofit inmate advocacy group Return Strong, helped present a bill that would create an Office of the Ombudsman — impartial and independent of the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) — that would manage grievances filed by prisoners that adversely affect the health, safety, welfare and rights of those in custody. The office would be under the administration of the attorney general. 


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Nevada fund for victims of crime at risk of insolvency

The shortfall would leave the state unable to fund compensation claims for crime victims, legislative fiscal staff told lawmakers, adding that it could even mean the state is unable to qualify for additional federal funding used to support victims.

Could Nevada be the next state to adopt automatic criminal record sealing?

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department lobbyist Beth Schmidt testified in opposition, stating the department could go from sealing 1,600 records a year to upwards of 48,000 a year under the proposal. She said although the agency wants to work with Miller, department officials have concerns about meeting the automatic sealing threshold.

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