Nevada Jurisprudence and Prison
Nevada Jurisprudence and Prison Report
Vol. 1, No. 10 “Veritas in Caritatis” Mars 2011
THEME: “Audi alterum parten”
Listen to the other side!
“Voice of the Nevada Jurisprudence and Prison Report”
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Statement of Purpose:
The NJPR Newsletter reports on current prison conditions, good and bad; more importantly it looks at and evaluates the legal processes and the substantive laws which are designed to keep men in prison: Pre-trial issues, probation and parole policy, sentencing structures, post-conviction law, and most important, the philosophy underlying policy in practice.
The purpose of the NJPR Website is to provide a repository of affidavits, declarations and grievances in Web-Dossiers organized by categories of intuitional behavior. Fundamentally, this is a whistleblowing organization trying to associate with other "transparency" projects at an intrastate, national and global level. We seek to identify patterns which can be utilized by the U.S. Department of Justice.
We invite any resident, and especially judicial officers of the Courts and government Administration to write letters to the NJPR.
Index to this Issue:
Section One: Conditions
Prison Ombudsman Legislation
ACLU Report on Nevada Conditions
Deductions of Inmate Income
Case of J. L. Kesterson
Meal Calorie Count Drops Again at NNCC
Section TWO: Law, Equity and Policy
Pre-trial Jail Conditions in the “Justice Community” ECR (Early Case Resolution): How It Works
Section Three: Art, Culture, Education and Religion
Poem: Making E.K.R. Proud of Me
12-Step Programs at NNCC
Short Shots: Legislative News plus more…
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Section One: Conditions
Prison Ombudsman Legislation
Scanty newspaper reports of prison legislature which calls for the establishment of an ombudsman for the prison system grievance process. On the face of it, and without having seen the text of the bill, this is a good idea. The prison administrative procedures used for allegations of infractions against inmates allows for face-to-face discussion of the matter in controversy. On the other hand, when an inmate levies an allegation of an infraction by a state prison worker, face-to-face adjudication, and oral arguments, are unheard of. As it stands, the grievance process is a hollow and meaningless fulfillment of genuine principal of law: equity extends to even prisoners because of man’s intrinsic dignity. The news article did not list a Bill Number, and we at NJPR cannot find any reference to it on the local media outlets; we’ve sent away to the Supreme Court library for this and will report next issue.
ACLU Prison Report is Misdirected
We at NJPR are not impressed with the American Civil Liberties Union. The picked up the suit against the Ely Prison horror, but not one dime of the over $300,000 settlement went to the victims—those prisoners who suffered at the institutional neglect and deliberate indifference. No money went to the family of the prisoners who died. We hope private suits are moving over.
It is with some skepticism that we read about this ACLU report “Not Fit for Human Consumption: Nevada’s Prisons in Crisis”. This title has been recognized by old timers as nothing but a slogan—it is one of those prison urban myths generated by the human sin of gossip and scandal mongering which we stand against as these tactics are used by the devil himself, and the “criminal justice community”. So whose side is the ACLU on anyway? The boxes in the food production kitchens usually have, by law, things like “born-on” dates, and “not-fit-for-consumption” dates. So, the typical village rumor-mills create a grumbling lie about being fed food not fit for human consumption. The ACLU rarely speaks up at the legislative hearings for escalating the punishments of crime. They don’t respond to our letters. They don’t respond to our NJPR Newsletters. They are blowing the conditions of Nevada prison conditions way out of proportion. Comparatively speaking the prison food is light years better than COUNTY JAIL food, which is deliberately horrifying so that men beg to go to prison. We agree only that Nevada IS retrogressing, and old-timers remember when Nevada was quite generous in its culinary offerings both in-house and out of the prison canteens.
Del S., a freelander, wrote a letter to the Nevada Appeal—the denigration of the prison should not be done by hearsay, but facts. Denigration is not necessary at all, so Mr. Del has some cause for concern for his own mentality. The aim is justice, not the infliction of pain. The sanctions of the laws need not to be inhumane and need to meet the standards of human decency. The facts about the real allegations could be statistically evaluated very easily by accessing the data of inmate grievances and lawsuits which become public records. We wonder if the ACLU used those “facts, and whether they are in cahoots with the NDOC and the Nevada “criminal justice community” to pay attention to the effects rather than effectively look at the causes of the effects . For example, if there are problems with medical care, and that happen, the prison has connective procedures to redress issues, but they are “show trials”. The processes are hollow . This is in evidence by the fact state agencies like the Nevada Bureau of Health Care and Quality Compliance has no jurisdiction over prisons. That a warden and his staff can escape that very principle which is bandied about by “tough-on-crime” alarmists ,”accountability” is a true cause for study. Prisoners often are pushed to the point of civil litigation to get medical attention, while a sound responsive grievance process with real teeth could get things done.
Deduction of Inmate Income
Inmates at NNCC are reporting that there are many new deductions coming out of the deposits made to inmate accounts, some of which are for the public defender assessments made by the sentencing trials of inmates.
The NJPR has a copy of the minutes of the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice from December 17, 2008.The exhibits placed into public records excluded a letter from our mentor Mercedes Maharis, but included the text of AB87, December 15 2008.This bill REQUIRES the Nevada State Controller “act as the collection agent for agencies that do not have specific statutes concerning their debt collection.” Prior law (NRS 353C .090), an agency MAY engage in its own collection, or turn it over to the State Controller. We presume this new law has passed and is in effect.
The Commission on Administration of Justice, (here in after CAJ) was interested in whether the prison system was receiving payments on court ordered fees, “such as public defender fees, administrative assessment fees and court ordered fine imposed in the judgment of conviction”.
Ms. B- of the NDOC said they did NOT. Then she said that Court ordered restitution on the judgment of conviction WAS posted on the account.
Prison director Skolnik (a Commissioner and now gone from NDOC) stated on record that the prisoner deductions on “prison industry” income was regulated by federal guidelines but gave no citations. Supreme Court justice Hardesty, then Chairman of the Commission, concurred on record the statement about federal caps (80%) on prisoner income deductions; but he cornered the NDOC controller Bagwell. When she admitted that AR 222.214.171.124.8 called for 1% of any existing court ordered fines listed above (public pretender fees), Hardesty said, “according to the accounting schedules in your Exhibit C, no money had been collected in that area”.
Skolnik came to the controller’s rescue and said:
“… the NDOC is not a fine and fee collection agency nor did they intend to become such an agency”. He sounds like what, a cell warrior?
This writer received by request his 2010 “credit report” and “Washoe County Collections” showed up posting a negative. No notice had ever been sent so a nasty demand letter went out, and WCC actually wrote back apologizing and removed the negative report. Arrangements were made to make a 1% payment on the balance owed, which turned out to be the Public Defender. A nasty demand letter went to Bosler, demanding a billing statement of service. He wrote back a vicious letter and sidestepped my demand for an accounting of scoffable services. Now what sometimes is important is what questions were not asked by the Commissioners.
One Commissioner asked “where the 11 million dollar revenue from the store purchase go? Into the general fund?” (We assume she meant the prison general fund). The NDOC controller said that amount did not reflect food cost (cost of inventory) and that the rest went into the Inmate Welfare Fund that supported law libraries, athletic equipment and staffing the prison banking system, and to help indigent inmates. Gee, that’s awful sweet. Why did these supposedly well-educated intelligent representatives of the “people not ask the obvious?”
WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTING?
Hardest asked the question why the fees and fines (as opposed to restitution) cannot be collected, and the controller said the prison was not served the “actual Court order”, and the “order of priorities” did not allow the deduction. Hardesty caught her in another white lie by pointing out “but the judgment of conviction DOES include the order of fees and fines”. Oops, again. TO BE CONTINUED…
Case of J.L. Kesterson—Caseworker Malfeasance
Mr. Kesterson has been asserting his case to receive proper medical treatment since being transferred to the NNCC yard for medical reasons. He has a condition of testicular cancer and a swelling hernia. As par for the course he had to file grievances to get around wanna-be-doctor nurses and recalcitrant financial cost-benefit analysts.
Yard writ-writers examining his case are started by his reports (and the paper evidence supporting his claim) that CCSII Rexwinkler has developed a nasty habit of destroying evidence of documents required by the procedural rules. She turned back Mr. Kesterson’s grievance without the papers he turned in. We’ve heard similar complaints from others; this phenomena of the unavoidable “bad apple” is evidence of the necessity of an NDOC ombudsmen. Mr. Kesterson has since disappeared to parts unknown.
Calorie Count at NNCC Drops
Monday April 5, Warden Palmer, of NNCC, again changed the meal policy—he first took away the hot meals in late 2010. Then he gave back the hot soup by issuing every man a double-well plastic lunch box. Now he’s taken away the soup again and issues the dry meal during the breakfast line, slowing that meal down by a full ½ hours.
Section Two: Law and Equity
In the wake of the turbulence of the 20th century, there was a brief revival of natural law jurisprudence. The Rockefeller-feminist alliance was a violent reactionary political declaration of a cold-civil-war which has been escalating, and rages unabated today. This now defunct natural law rally was a response to the French revolutions, the Marxist millenarian experiments, and the horrors of Hitlerism.
There are two streams in the reaction to the 19th & 20th century totalitarianisms. One is the natural law movement, which seeks to provide guidance to the conflicting rivalries of competing interests, which will hopefully oppose from the outset the legality of “total dominance” before it rises to a pitch of a “cataract of human suffering. “This aim is the editorial work of NJPR: to test and evaluate not only the validity of those competing values, interests and purposes of the multitude of lobbies and “missions”, but to test the validity of the system itself which embodies those competing interests groups. To that end, this project seeks to establish evaluative criteria, empirically deriving them from general and specific social experiences; and value judgments must be derived from ALL the available data, opposing consideration and from the body of wisdom that transcends immediate sensory data: history and normative traditions of religion and philosophy.
The second stream is the Nietzschean flood—the very same flood that produced Lemin, Stalin and Hitler produces the adhocracy system described in the February issue; this Nietzschean world view is “the Matrix”, such rhetoric does no true good if not grounded in the alternative policy of natural law, and not acted upon those convictions which oppose the reigning set of value judgments and criteria of such judgment. We have shown the legal establishment of Ideologies and Emotions as the valid source of the norms of our legal system (i.e., the administration of vengeance approved by the Supreme Court in Furman by Justice Potter Stewart). It is this criteria which drives the Capitalist-Feminist victims right regime that totally dominates the industrial North Atlantic culture. Of this regime, Rene Girard says:
“Hitlerism avenges its failure by making the concern for victims HYSTERICAL, turning it into a kind of caricature”.
The following article is an excerpt from an essay titled “The Wrath of ‘We, the People’: The Softer, Gentler Development of Industrial Justice Systems”. It is an empirical description of an inside experience with the Washoe County “community justice community”. We will follow this up in the next issue with an analysis of an actual prisoner lawsuit against the Wasoe County system.
The Early Resolution Judicial Policy:
As we pointed out earlier, Jeremy Bentham’s plans for panopticon were meant for the “houses of correction” of the tried, judged and convicted; its designs did have not in mind any other location in the social process of crime detection, arrest, investigation and trial and sentencing. In fact, he warns that his methods would violate the rights of those held in “safe custody merely”; the inspection principle is valid insofar as it provides the necessary restraint of accused persons, says Bentham, but,
“…there can be no ground for punishing them any otherwise than is so far as the restraint necessary for safe custody… there can be as little ground for subjecting them to solitude; unless where that circumstance should also appear necessary, either to safe custody or to prevent that mental infection of novices… from the masters of those [criminal] arts… communication must likewise be allowed to the prisoners with their friends and legal assistants, for the purpose of setting their affairs, and concerting their defense… as forced labor is punishment, labor must not here be forced”.
Bentham is respectful of the power of the psychological punishment and pain caused by the principles of omnipresence, inspection, solitude and omniscience; and it is clear that he thinks the imposition of them so early in the process of justice is damaging to that end.
Let’s think about this in historical context. Panopticon is published in 1787; this is about the time when judicial torture had been chased out of the public court room and was seeking a darker corner to hide in. It [judicial torture] locomated, recall, from the executioner to the state prosecutor, so our thesis is that torture (now call interrogation) moves from the Courtroom to the police investigator. We detect a historical pattern that wisdom demands we apply to the situation after Miranda—where does the ugly little judicial principle of extortion hide?
We demand the reader observe the presence of the principles of punishment were adopted by the new judicial tortures: omniscience and solitude are developed to degrees listed in the brief overviews of Soviet and American industrial systems. All that remains to be done is list the condition of the only places left to look outside the police precincts: we argue that after Miranda, American judicial torture became Sovietized: insofar that all parts of the system were “geared” towards gaining the confession of the offender, torture became industrialized.
Judicial torture, we say, moved precisely into the location that Bentham himself advised it not go! Into the early stages of the criminal justice system; thus becoming the Early Resolution System of contemporary justice systems. The architectural concepts of “panopticon” has applications, says Bentham, in all sectors of society: factories, mad-houses, hospitals, and grammar schools. The only place he advises against its use is in the early stages of the administration of justice—yet that is precisely where judicial torture scrambled to.
We present here a compilation of things which are experienced by men in the Early Resolution System; we think it advisable for the reader to think in terms of substance and accident, after the fashion of the Thomistic Aristotelian tradition. That is, the substance we are looking at is the law of confessions—which we stated, and few would disagree with, that they are good things to be sought after. That’s the law, or it would not be practiced. If that law in its application were to begin to offend moral sentiment, and the tender conscience as has happened without any doubt in the past, the law would cease to be law.
But what if the techniques take on the principle of invisibility? We can only begin to see the substance in terms of the accidental attributes—qualities, action quantity, condition, place, time, motion, passivity, situation and relation—are all broad categories of being which the human intellect can grasp without any special training or knowledge.
If we fail to see that judicial torture locomated, altered and shape-shifted as it has in the past, we can be accused rightly of historical obtuseness—with a malevolent historical revisionism. Worse yet, such a failure is due to radical optimism that denies the sinful nature of man and, simply put, is downright foolish. Our list of attributes of the human experience of the Early Resolution System is divided into two parts: the first deals with what is called “conditions of confinement” and deals with the architectural scheme disseminated by Panopticon, and the second is a list of actions known in law as criminal legal procedure, or due process. Some of the items in one list could arguably be placed in the other list.
Conditions of confinement:
The atmosphere of the Washoe County jail is such that the police say their job is to make the experience such that the “client” so to speak “never wants to come back”. We argue this works in both directions: people moved on to the actual prison system do not want to go back. Prisoners who have been to prison, released and are back in County Jail on new charges or probation violation dream of being back in prison, often lovingly describe the conditions of prison almost paradisically. We assert, on a blind bet, that the science of industrial psychology has contributed to the creation of “staff development” which creates the ambience of County Jail, and that these texts (we pray) will someday be exposed in the manner which the Warren Court did in the 1960’s, and that Solzhenitsyn tried to do in the 1970’s.
Use of isolation (Bentham Law of solitude) this is used in a variety of ways in the county system, both in architecture qualities, and manipulation of relations and other attributes:
For all prisoners, bails are not set at a point which insures the return of the accused to court, but at the point which insures isolation of the accused from the community (this could be easily listed under “procedures”).
The law of solitude when merged with police extorted confessions became outlawed in and after the Miranda decision and thereafter was developed into an assembly line kind of solitude: the action of dramatic, intense interrogations in the backrooms of policy stations altered into a systematic “passive aggression”, to steal a psychiatric term. The job of imposing isolation is covert and diffused:
The classification of inmates by a variety of categories serves to isolate the accused. Architecturally, the County Jail is designed into “units” and each unit of categorized inmates are isolated from each other, creating an ambience of partition, which Bentham says serves as a prophylactic of spreading the “infection of the degenerates particular class to another.
These isolative and segregative elements are by exogenous force internalized by use of colored clothing identifying by code the label imposed by the classification system.
The isolation ambience is imposed by highly controlled movement of prisoners: prisoners when passed by any human being outside their classification—whether officers or other classes of inmates, they are required to stand “nose and toes” to the wall.
The entire facility is lined with red which marks the pathways out of which no inmate is allowed to walk.
Under the color of the penological principle of “security and safety”, the County Jail operates super-maximum security units for more than just disciplinary measures of unruly drunks to “sleep” it off:
Segregated Housing Units (SHU) are governed by minimum international standards of the Geneva Convention. Absolute isolation and imposed silence, 1 hour out alone every 24 hours, highly restricted phone access, no visitation—standard procedure to hold those accused with felonies (as opposed to misdemeanors) for the first crucial weeks after arrest.
Protective Custody Unit—for highly visible accused, murder or sex charges. Free time (tier time) slightly more than SHU, double cells and inmates allowed to mingle.
3. Use of food, light and sleep deprivation:
All food is really, really bad—monotonous, unvarying:
Breakfast served at 3:30-4 am, lunch at 11 am and dinner at 3:30-4 pm making a 12 hour space between dinner and breakfast and 18 hrs if a meal skipped.
The meals periods are disruptive of sleep patterns, creating a low-grade form of sleep deprivation.
Specialty foods: potato salad made of raw potatos and a meat product called “cat food”.
Lights never off in cells—only dimmed, no windows in cells. Yard time allowed in area of 25 foot walls. These conditions improve according to the classification of the unit; some dormitory style units with outside activities.
The ambient temperature of high security units is cold, constant and unremitting.
4. Visits-non-contact visits only for high security, talk through phone. Lawyer visits allowed inside unit interview rooms clerical contact visits outside of units.
5. Intimidation—regular displays of police power—fully geared SWAT team entering in double-time formations for cell extractions, fierce use of womanly passive-aggressive tactics of dismissiveness, ignoring, mocking, red-baiting, random acts of foul language by staff guards and medical staff. This staff behavior shifts according to security level. The higher the “risk” the worse the behavior.
Procedural Conditions and Action:
Lack of law library at Washoe County Jail, corresponding to the Gulag Soviet system described by Solzhenitsyn. It is our understanding that most County jails and state and federal prison systems do supply access to law libraries to widely varying degrees; this is due to prisoner law suits under due process principles of the U.S. Constitution, and is no way hinged on the general “good will” of popularly elected legislatures. As we speak, the library access and access to typewriters has degenerated in some Nevada prisons, typewriters are gone under the “color” of security of institution, despite having permitted them for many years; law library access in some high security institutions have degenerated as retribution for prisoner lawsuits for equal access.
Public Defense—the term used by “indigent” accused is “public pretender”—
It is general practice to plea bargain and there is less than a 1% trial rate in Nevada for the poor represented by state paid attorneys.
A plea “bargain is a plea of guilty, which is in common law “an express, formal, simple common law confession of guilt… it is a judicial confession”.
Generally, nothing proactive is done by public defender office: he or she is not there for the first televised hearing, at which time the talking-head judge for “serious” matters notifies the defendant the matter will be expedited. Generally, the habitual act of the public defender is to meet the indigent client for the first time at the “preliminary hearing”. Most cases are confessed to at this point, and the only chore of the defender, (who appears to be thinking the thoughts of the 1920’s Soviet public defenders, which we mention above) is to present the bargain offered by the state prosecutor; usually it is a unilateral, unconditional offer which if not accepted and signed, is to be withdrawn and the proceeding moves forward; usually the prosecutor piles on as many possible charges as he or she can as thus the initial “offer” appears to the Court, and in 99% of the cases, the defendant, quite magnanimous.
Other Nodes in the System of Justice:
The police: there is no existence of the old interrogation techniques—these are done in the field. The police will approach, but the mention of having an attorney causes an immediate termination and shutting off of the tape recorders. The police assist the district attorney in providing fluffed up quantities of potential charges; for example a police report may have notes with say 30 possible “counts” of legal infractions, the state prosecutors will whittle this down to ten formal charges, and in the plea bargain offer one count usually one carrying a very heavy penalty, but the accumulated penalties of 30 counts, or 7, means certain death in prison, all told by simple mathematics.
The District Attorney—his big part is the brow-beating techniques which was finely honed as a form of judicial torture and banned 200 years ago. Now his grandstanding will occur, and the defense can object and the Judge can slap his hand but he enjoys absolute judicial immunity and knows it. Most of his torture is now extra-judicial, as has been described above. But, he has access to a very powerful tool” propaganda. Leaks to newspapers, and electronic media are, for the accused a devastating tool, a psychological brow-beating cloaked under the “color of law”—the principle of the “right-to-know” protected by Constitutional rights of “free speech”. This is industrial psychology mated with Bentham principle of invisibility, and evidence of industrial law of tantalization of all segments of the population to the system of production—in this case production of a 99% “kill-rate” of extorted confessions without appearing tortuous at all.
The American Bar Association Model Rules: the other nodes are the Parole and Probation Departments and the Judge himself. The first has explicit part in the production of “justice” guided mostly by statute. The above mentioned “Model Rules” have incorporated equitable principles of common law tradition to counter balance the zealous acts which have over-produced “justice” in the form of prisoners today. This document, when held up as the standard, exposes how deeply the tear has been in American jurisprudence, the epistemic break between natural law and legal positivism. This would require several if not many PhD dissertations.
Our lists sketchy and brief, but hopefully will generate interest in continued investigation into the general trajectory we have traced by the merest scratching of “historical” evidence. In part two of this essay, we will look critically at several potential directions people have been moving intellectually in regards to “reform”, or addressing this issue.
Section Three: Art, Culture, Education and Religion
Poem: Making E.K.R. Proud of Me1
You were never invited.
You moved in and made yourself at home. What have you done?
I feel your ugly tendrils snaking through my body like
A thief raiding the life from my life’s blood.
In the beginning I didn’t believe you were there.
You seemed so benign. You tricked a trickster.
I tried to kill you. How I hated you!
You have done nothing but to give me pain.
I have given pause to ridding you from me
At a cost of the ultimate collateral damage.
You rape my mind of all rational thought.
I do fear the Reaper.
I asked my Creator to make you go away.
I have made him sweet deals with a touch
Of Machiavellian craftiness.
Not really meaning what I mean.
The joy of oxycodone has
Robbed your power over me.
You will win. I surrender. I accept.
Your tenacity is exceptional. Oh, Great and Powerful.
All things have run their course
Except my life. I fight on.
I try to smile in that accepting way.
Elizabeth K. Ross, are you proud of me?
John Blehm, President of VVA
Twelve-Step Programs Moved to Chapel
The administration has made the administrative building classrooms off-limits to all programs like A.A. and volunteer led groups like creative writing and public speaking workshops. After a long lull of no such groups, complaining participants secured time-slot access to space in the Chapel-gymnasium complex. The A.A. sponsors went so far as to vociferate heartfelt promises to make a public-political stink if denial of access continued. The meeting for English speakers is now held Saturday morning at and the Spanish speaking AA is on
Public Invitation of Justice Hardesty
On January 28 2008, at the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice, he said, “I will extend an invitation to anyone who would like to identify for the [Commission on Justice] cases where they believe sentencing was inconsistent… it can be at a future meeting or in the form of a letter…”
Nice, this invitation will be responded to. But watch that word “inconsistent”. Its significant he SIDESTEPS the plain language word of JUSTICE and uses the Big Brother gobbledygook term, inconsistent. That word is sinister—it implies the absolutism of the legislature, whose moral sources is the very law of the jungle they accuse prisoners of operating on. But a law that violates natural justice in no law at all—even though it may be “consistent” with the statutes.
Hardest also said in this same meeting, “we will also want to include some presentations and testimony from inmates about the Department of Corrections and the criminal justice system as a whole”. We at NJPR plan to follow up on this apparent increased institutional desire to recover the intellectual habit of CIRCUMSPECTION (looking around at all the facts). This is a hopeful (yet likely specious) statement.
In the researches of NJPR we discover the minutes of the April 5 2007 “select Committee on Corrections Parole and Probation”. They were discussing then the upcoming legislative establishment of the current Justice Commission mentioned in the previous “short shot”. Here is the list of goals:
Review Division of Parole and Probation, to look a Presentence Investigation (PSI) reports to determine the extent to which judges rely on and follow the recommendation.
Review all sentences given for all felonies.
Review Parole Board guidelines
Review of the specialty courts and their effectiveness.
Consideration of removing the mandatory
Minimums, but only for category B, C, D and E felonies—the end was to gain empirical evidence to rectify unguided speculation and rhetorical hypothesizing.
NJPR incepted after this meeting. Except for the following bills, we are cognizant of no serious, good-faith follow-up on the more “radical” proposals of 2007. But, we have not yet seen the text of these proposed bills, but only the headnotes from the 2011 incipient index.
SJR-1—a proposed constitutional amendment that disbands the Parole and Pardons Boards for a broader Clemency Board.
AB 49—a Fund for Indigent Defense.
AB 93—intermediate sanctions for drugs.
AB 92—Waiver of DMV fees for parolees
AB 136, and SB 29 Credits against sentence
AB 135, Restrictions on sending probationers to prison for violations
SB 26 Public defender-duties
AB 45 District attorneys-duties
Far more bills (out of over 1000) appear to be increasing the orbit and ambit of the absolute sovereignty of state power against the authority of true justice. We hope to have more in depth studies next issue.
More Educational Possibilities for Prisoners
Here are a few paper-based, prisoner oriented programs, both secular and religious. We’ve got specific information on only one (CDU) and can not fairly evaluate any of them.
Correspondence Courses for the Incarcerated
U. of Florida-Div. of Continuing Ed.
2209 NW 13th St., Ste. D
Gainesville, FL 32609
Independent and Distance Learning Program
Georgia Ctr. For Continuing Ed., Ste 193
U. of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-3603
Master of Arts in Theology for Prisoners
Catholic Distance University
120 East Colonial Highway
Hamilton, VA 20158-9012
U. of Nevada Reno/ 3050
Reno NV 89557-3050
Address for Nev. Judiciary Committees
NJPR encourages prisoners to write to the Judiciary Committee’s to share your experience with the “justice system” and the conditions of confinement throughout that system. We’ve written to the “Inmate Advocate” usually represented by the ACLU; in the past, Richard Siegel, the president of the Nevada American Civil Liberties Union, was on the Advisory Committee for the Administration of Justice, as “our” advocate. They have never responded to the letter of inquiry, and based on the evidence of the meeting minutes, that “advocate” rarely says a word on the issues. We suggest the following procedure for prisoners:
Select one elected official, such as the Chairperson of the Committee, and address the letter to that committee member.
Make copies of the letter—serve always one on the Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto, at 100 N. Carson St. Carson City NV 89701
Send one copy to any newspaper—the bigger the better.
Send another copy to the United States Justice Department, Special Litigation Section, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Wash., D.C. 20004
Always put a “cc” at the bottom of your original letter, and list the names of other recipients in small print. Cc means “carbon copy”. Its professional courtesy to notify the recipient of the publication to related government agencies.
Here is the list taken from websites:
Assembly Judiciary Committee
401 South Carson St. Room 3138
Chairman, William Horne, (D) 2251 North Rampart Blvd.,No.357,LasVegas,NV89128-7640 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chairman, James Ohrenschall, P.O. Box 97741, Las Vegas NV 89193-7741, email@example.com
Members: Steven Brooks (D), Richard Carillo (D), Richard Daly (D), Olivia Diaz (D), Marilyn Loop (D), Jason Frierson (D), Scott Hammond (R), Ira Hansen (R), Kelly Kite (R), Richard McArthur (R), Tick Segerblom (D), Mark Sherwood (R).
Senate Judiciary Committee
401 South Carson Street, Room 2149
Chairman, Valerie Weiner(D), 3540 West Sahara Avenue,No.352,LasVegas89102-5816, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chairman, Allison Copening (D), 1821 Montvale Court,LasVegas89134-6683, email@example.com
Members: Ruben Kihuen (D), Don Gustavson (R), Mike Mc Ginness (R), Michael Roberson (R).
Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (created by NRS 176. 0123)
Chairman, James W. Hardesty, Nevada Supreme Court, 201 South Carson 89701
Members: Sen. Mark Amodei; Sen. Steven Horsford (D), Sen. David Parks; Catherine Masto, Attorney General; Bernard W. Curtis, Chief of Parole and Probation, 1445 Old Hot Springs Rd # 104 Carson City 89701; Judge Douglas Herndon, 8th Dist.; Raymond Flynn, Asst. Sheriff, Las Vegas; Thomas Finn, Chief of Police, Boulder;
For this Committee, there is assistance from the Legislature Counsel Bureau, Chief Deputy Risa B. Lang, and Secretary Angela Clark. The address is 301 So. Stewart St., Carson City 89701. Minutes, Agendas and Exhibits are available at their Research Library, which family members can access at firstname.lastname@example.org or Reference@nvcourts.nv.go .
1 E.K.R. stands for Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, a social-psychologist who wrote “On Death and Dying” in the 1970’s.