Prisoners' Rights

ACLU of Nevada Lawsuit Leads Nevada Prison Board to Adopt Nation-Leading Policies Protecting Pregnant Inmates

CARSON CITY, NV – This morning, March 18, 2014, the Nevada Board of State Prison Commissioners adopted new regulations (pdf) restricting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates and allowing inmates who have recently delivered babies to use a breast pump.

National Solitary Confinement Experts to Address the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice

LAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is hosting two prominent, national experts on solitary confinement, Martin Horn and Dr. Terry Kupers. On Wednesday, March 5, Horn and Kupers will speak at the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (ACAJ) meeting to emphasize the importance of collecting information on Nevada’s use of solitary confinement in an interim study about detention and incarceration in Nevada.

How Many Nevadans are Serving a “Living Death” for Nonviolent Offenses? NDOC Won’t Say

LAS VEGAS, NV – In the first-ever study of people serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses in the United States, the ACLU found that at least 3,278 prisoners fit this category in federal and state prisons combined.

Censorship Lawsuit Filed Against Nevada Department of Corrections

On June 27, 2013, the ACLU of Nevada filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to allow individuals incarcerated by the Nevada Department of Corrections to receive books and magazines sent by Prison Legal News. Prison Legal News provides reviews and analyses of prisoner rights, court rulings, and news about prison issues. It is published by a nonprofit organization, the Human Rights Defense Center.

Prison Medical Case Will Go to Trial

On March 5th 2011, the ACLU of Nevada submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in support of John Snow, an elderly man at Ely State Prison who had been repeatedly denied hip surgery, and who, as a result, is now barely able to walk and has severely damaged kidneys.

ACLU of Nevada Sues NDOC for Ankle Shackling Woman during Childbirth

LAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, representing a former inmate of Florence McClure Women’s Correction Center (FMWCC), has sued the Nevada Department of Corrections for shackling an inmate during labor, and denying her post-partum access to her medically prescribed breast pump.

America's Prisons Are Becoming Nursing Homes

Since the passing of “three strikes” and similar “tough on crime” laws there have been far reaching effects that were either not considered or ignored. In essence, habitual criminals, or persons found guilty of three felonies, violent or not, would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

Releasing Low-Risk Elderly (50+) Prisoners Would Save Billions of Dollars While Protecting Public Safety, ACLU Report Finds

NEW YORK – States would save on average more than $66,000 per year by releasing each elderly prisoner they needlessly keep behind bars, a new national report released today by the national American Civil Liberties Union finds.

First-Ever Congressional Meeting on Solitary Confinement

The first-ever Congressional hearing on solitary confinement was held in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights on Tuesday, June 19.

Challenging Postcard-Only Policies in Nevada Jails

Jails in Nye County, North Las Vegas, Humboldt County, and Washoe County all have a policy requiring that non-legal mail be on postcards. On July 5, the ACLU of Nevada sent a letter to these jails informing them that this policy is unconstitutional.

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