Nevada Cure Resource Booklet 2016

Here you can download the 2016 Resource Guide for Nevada Prisoners. Please share this with a friend or loved one inside, thank you.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

To NDOC: STOP RETALIATION against prisoner for filing grievances and lawsuits

The grievance process in prisons was ESTABLISHED TO GIVE PRISONERS A LEGITIMATE MEANS OR AIRING THEIR COMPLAINTS - as a direct result of the Attica Rebellion (1971). The Attica Rebellion occurred because prisoner had a no legitimate means of having their grievances and complaints heard by the prison administration.
NV-CURE would like to see the NDOC STOP RETALIATION against prisoner for filing grievances and lawsuits.

NV-CURE has been trying to stop this retaliation for a very long period to time.  Nothing has been done to stop it.  The retaliation has not stopped and has, in fact, increased. Something must be done.

We want the retaliation in Nevada prisons to stop and we would sincerely appreciate the Director taking action to stop it. 

Below is a letter from a prisoner at Ely State Prison (ESP) about retaliation by guards to prisoners who speak up on the conditions inside:
Retaliation is running rampant within NDOC.


Because I wrote grievances and letters to the Director regarding the conditions in Unit 8 at S.D.C.C., when Assistant Warden (AW) Adams received a copy of the letters I had written to Director Dzurenga, I was put on a special trans[port] to Ely State Prison (ESP) within a week and when I arrived at ESP, I was confronted by Sgt. Manning [whom] I had sued in 2008, and [I was] verbally threatened, then he told all the officers in the area:
"This one likes to take you to court, make sure he gets special treatment,"
and when I received my property two days later, many items were missing, including such things as my CD-player, AC/DC adaptor, beard trimmers and other small items like bowls, watch, etc.

All of the appliances were on my property card and were inventoried prior to transfer, but they have now vanished.

Property officers also removed my heart- and bloodpressure medication from my property and now I have gone eleven (11) days so far without any medication even after filing an Emergency Grievance and kites to Medical.

Now let me tell you about the food that is being served here at ESP now.
Meals are now served on small styrofoam trays (very small), the portions have been cut down to maybe a quarter of regular, and now we are served only items like hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken patties every day.

Tonight's dinner was one chicken patty, eight french fries and a bun, no desserts or anything. Lunch was two slices of bologna, four slices of bread, and two crackers period. Breakfast was one fried egg, five  tater tots, two table spoons of oatmeal and the same of fruit cocktail. This is no way nutritionally adequate compared to a 2000 calorie diet standard set by federal guidelines for dietary standards. 

I have begun the grievance process on both of these issues and fully intend to file a lawsuit regarding this and other issues like my disciplinary hearing where I was denied witnesses after I filed grievances regarding conditions,...

John Witherow's grievance on prisoners with HIV being housed separately (AR610)

THis is a grievance filed in 2007, by John Witherow (now Director of Nevada-Cure) about discrimination against him and persons infected with HIV, His text is posted below.

Nevada Department of Corrections
Informal Grievance
By: John Witherow, #29313
Nevada State Prison, unit 11c11
Date: 1-6-2007
Lognr: GR 2007-4-655

Grievant's Statement:
The NDOC unconstitutionally discriminates against me and persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

AR610, HIV Status & A.I.D. Syndrome (8/25/03), discriminates against persons infected with the HIV by requiring that person to live in a cell only with another person infected with HIV.

AR 610., pg. 4. The regulation contains no provisions allowing a person infected with HIV to live in a cell with a person not infected with HIV when the non-infected person is aware of the HOV-status of the other person and those persons voluntarily request/consent to live together in the same cell. That is housing discrimination.

There is no legitimate or reasonable penological purpose of goal served by requiring a person infected with HIV to live only with another person infected with HIV. HIV is transmitted from one person to another by the same methods Hepatitis C is transmitted from person to person.
Both are potentially harmful viral infections.

The NDOC does not have a regulation requiring persons infected with hepatitis C to live in a cell with only another person infected with hepatitis C and, in fact, regularly assigns persons infected with hepatitis C to live in the same cell as a person not infected with hepatitis C, without advising the non-infected person of the hepatitis C-status of the infected person and without obtaining te consent of the non-infected person. This reflects the discrimination of the NDOC against persons infeced with HIV, as opposed to persns with hepatitis C, and the unequal treatment provided by the NDOC in the handling of various viral infections transmitted by the same methods. The same procedures should be followed in both cases.

There is no legitimate reason for refusing to permit an HIV-infected person from living with a non-HIV-infected person in the same cell when both persons are aware of the methods of transmission of the virus and have requested/consented to live together in the same cell. This would also apply to other viral infections. Knowledge of the infection and the methods of transmission are essential to an informed decision by non-infected and infected persons to live in the same cell.

Based upon the foregoing, I respectfully request that AR 610 be immediately revised to eliminate the housing discrimination and the unequal treatment of harmful viral infections. Those revisions should address all of the matters referenced herein and provide for an educational program for all prisoners on these and other viral infections and their methods of transmission.

I further request any and all declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief which may be available to remedy any and all unlawful discrimination or unequal treatment which may have been perpetrated against me by the NDOC in my housing assignments or requests for housing assignments during my confinement by the NDOC.

I am willing to discuss the required revisions to AR 610 to eliminate the discrimination and unequal treatment referenced herein and to provide constructive imput on the revisions required.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Agenda for the monthly meeting of July 27, 2016

For July 27, 2016: 6:30 PM PST

Law Office of Gallian, Welker & Beckstrom, LC
540 E. St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
702.347.1731 / Nevadacure[@]

Conference Call Number and Code:
712-432- 0926
Code: 493815#

Click here for the WORD-version

The following is the Agenda for NV-CURE Monthly Meeting:

1. Identification of Members and Guests present at meeting and introduction of new members/guests.

2. Approval of Agenda.

3. Approval of Minutes of previous meeting.

4. Open comments by members and guests.

5. Issues to be discussed at meeting:

  a. Purchase of House on Santa Rita – Halfway House for Women (Travis)

  b. Purchase House Headquarters and Halfway House for Women (John)

  c. 8/31/16 ACAJ Meeting and NV-CURE Presentation (John)

  d. Printer/Scanner Fixed (John)

  e. Computer Donations – Sharnel and Natalie (Natalie)

  f. Bank Account – Secured Credit Card (John)

  g. Prisoner Mail – Don and Tracy (Don)

6. Suggestions and recommendations for acts to be performed before next meeting.

7. Set date, time and place for next meeting. (Next Meeting August 31, 2016)

We welcome the participation of all Nevada CURE Members/Supporters and invite all to
attend any monthly NV-CURE meetings that may be scheduled.  We want all members to
participate in the process.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Agenda for the Monthly Meeting of 29th of June 2016

You can find the Agenda for our Monthly Nevada Cure Meeting here.

Location details:


For June 29th, 2016, at 6:30 PM

Law Office of Gallian, Welker & Beckstrom, LC

Meeting Location:

Conference Room
540 E. St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Tel.: 702.347.1731

Conference Call Number and Code:

Code: 493815#

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Book Drive to the women at FMWCC

Attention ALL NV-CURE Members and Supporters:
Book Drive for FMWCC. Anyone interested in donating paperback books to the women at FMWCC should contact Nevada-Cure and arrange to drop the books off at our office or contact our Northern or Southern representative to arrange for a book drop off or pick up. Contact information will be provided upon request. 
Thank you for the help - the women could very much use the books.

Spread the word!

--> All books must be paperback. NO HARD COVERS.

Anyone with books to donate should contact:

(phone Nevada Cure at 702.347.1731 to learn who to contact in the north and in the south of Nevada)

When the NDOC approves the donations, which may take 6-8 weeks.

Thank you for your help. 

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