Saturday, April 5, 2014

Latest News Updates

Our latest Information Bulletin, Spring 2014, has just been published! You can read it here. Thanks to your donations we were able to send it into the prisons to hundreds of prisoners! 

The Minutes of our latest Monthly Meeting can be read here.

Please sign the petition for Jamie Hein, whose family is asking for Clemency for her.



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Deputy Director of NDOC denies solitary confinement torture at Ely State Prison - ACLU and Nevada Cure know better

Here is the video/audio recording of E.K. McDaniel, Deputy Director of NDOC stating, "We do not have solitary confinement in the Nevada Department of Corrections." He said this during the Public meeting of the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (ACAJ) on 03/05/2014.

The ACLU starts the segment on solitary with a very good expert psychiatrist. This is at the very beginning of segment Xl, and it's worth listening to.

Then McDaniel starts his manipulation of the ACAJ at 6:05:33 and almost immediately says the above quote and then launches into all the luxuries and benefits of "segregation units". Not solitary confinement, though. We don't have that.

http://nvleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=6cf4fa0f-f784-1031-a551-f3fb1162b875


03/05/2014 Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (2650) - Room 3137 - Mar 5th, 2014.



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ely State Prison: A Solitary Confinement Torture Dungeon in Nevada



Ely State Prison is a prison with most of its units on a permanent lockdown. Most prisoners are being kept in solitary confinement for years, which has been defined as possible torture, by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.
We received this Memorandum and Affidavit outlining the situation of the permanent lock down (solitary confinement) situation and the lack of distinction between a prisoner in General Population and a prisoner in Administrative or Disciplinary Segregation at Ely State Prison. The original is down below or here.

Please all take note and contact your representatives to change the situation for the better for everyone in Ely State Prison! Thank you.
 

To whom it may concern:

Please find accompanying this memo, a sworn, notarized Affidavit, briefly describing the horrible conditions of confinement, suffered by Nevada’s Maximum Security Prisoners, at Ely State Prison.

Please note:
The Affidavit is not an exhausted detail of the illegal conditions of confinement, at Ely State Prison, but only a brief description.

Finally note:
We, Prisoners at E.S.P., are requesting that you, your good offices, please afford us any support available to you, on our behalf. 

That we, who dare to speak out and expose the truth of Nevada’s secret solitary confinement, torture dungeons, are… in advance, profoundly grateful, and thank you, your good offices, for your leadership, strength and courage.

“The poor, voiceless prisoner class of E.S.P.”

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Affidavit of Manuel Winn.

State of Nevada, County of White Pine }SS

I, Manuel Winn, being first duly sworn upon oath, deposes and swears to the following:

That I am the Affiant herein.

That I am of sound mind, good physical health, and above the age of 21 yrs old, therefore qualified to testify to all matters herein.

That I make this Affidavit in support of any motion, pleading, or document, filed by or on behalf of Manuel Winn, and or  prisoners housed at Ely State Prison.

That I make this Affidavit in opposition to any motion, pleading, or document, filed by or on behalf of the State of Nevada, Nevada Department of Corrections.

That I am an Inmate within the Nevada department of Corrections.

That I am housed at Ely State Prison, by the State of Nevada, Nevada department of Corrections.

That I have been housed at Ely State Prison since March of 2011.

That I have been classified as a General Population inmate at Ely State Prison since my arrival here on March, 2011.

That all inmates housed at Ely State Prison, who are classified as General Population Inmates are confined to our cells for a minimum of 23 hours a day, every day.

That all inmates housed at Ely State Prison, who are classified as General Population are forced to be double celled (two inmates housed in each cell).

That all inmates housed at Ely State Prison who are classified as General Population inmates, who refuse to be double celled (two inmates housed in each cell), are threatened with being housed in a segregation unit, served with a notice of disciplinary charges, sanctioned to loss of commissary, privileges, arbitrary cell searches, confiscation of personal property, loss of incoming and outgoing mail, and reduction in the amount of food received from culinary officers.

That all inmates housed at Ely State Prison, who are classified as General Population inmates, are not allowed personal access to the gym, nor the main yard, nor the legal library, nor the education building, ever.

That all inmates housed at Ely State Prison, who are classified as General Population inmates, are not allowed outside of our own cells, except for 45 minutes a day, approximately 5 days a week, for physical exercise, in a very small enclosed pin-area, by ourselves or with our cellmate only.

That there is at all times approximately one thousand (1,000) inmates housed at Ely State Prison.

That there is at all times approximately 400 (four hundred) inmates housed at Ely State Prison, classified as General Population inmates.

That there is at all times approximately 400, four hundred inmates housed at E.S.P. classified as segregation inmates, disciplinary segregation, administrative segregation, and protective custody segregation.

That inmates housed at E.S.P., who are classified as Segregation inmates are housed and exercise identically to inmates housed at E.S.P., classified as General Population inmates, except that:

a)      All Segregation inmates are housed alone in single occupancy cells,
b)      Disciplinary Segregation inmates are not allowed to order edible items from the commissary and are only allowed an orange jumpsuit for clothing.

That there is at all times, approximately 70 inmates who are classified as Workers and allowed to work at E.S.P.

That inmates housed at E.S.P., who are classified as Workers, are the ONLY inmates allowed the following privileges:

a)      Personal access to Legal Library Thursday morning 9:00 am to 10:30 am, and Thursday afternoon(s) 12:00 am to 2:15 pm only.
b)      Personal access to gym, twice a week, for approximately 2 hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.
c)      Personal access to the main yard on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for 2 hours in the mornings and 2 ½ hours in the afternoons.
Further Affiant says not.

Dated this 29th day of January, 2014.

Signed.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Suicide at HDSP because of Lack of Medical Care for Chronic Pain

We received this letter anonymously, which shows an alarming issue: 

Truman Walker asphyxiated himself by hanging, on Friday November 8th 2013, in High Desert State Prison (HDSP), Nevada, because he was afforded no proper medical care, that is supposed to be necessitated by the State of Nevada (Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC).

According to a written noteleft behind explaining his medical situation and supposedly now in State's evidence, Truman Walker was in such physical pain that he was forced to take his own life.

The most common response inmates receive from medical doctors, nurses and staff is that there is no treatment offered for chronic pain. Furthermore, HDSP does not even diagnose the cause and/or source of the pain.

In the past ten years this complete indifference to medical attention has been ignored year after year, death after death, with no accountability.

Anything you could do to assist Truman Walker's family in knowing the truth of his situation would be greatly appreciated. 

See here for the original letter.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

NDOC's hepatitis c guidelines

These documents show Nevada Dept. of Corrections' guidelines they sent us which NDOC uses for determining if a prisoner should be tested for hepatitus C or if a prisoner infected with hepatitis c should be treated by NDOC.

The documents were sent to Nevada-Cure by NDOC on February 11th, 2014 at NV Cure's request.

View the hep c documents of NDOC here.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Officials investigate inmate death at Ely State Prison

Another man dies this week in a Nevada prison.  How many this year?  How many died from lack of medical care?

From: LV Sun, Jan. 29th, 2014:
By Ana Ley

State corrections officials are investigating the death of an Ely State Prison inmate who was found unconscious inside his cell earlier this week.

Paul Skinner, 53, was discovered by prison staff on Tuesday. Medical personnel unsuccessfully tried to revive Skinner until paramedics rushed him to the William Bee Ririe Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Read the rest here.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

NV Cure Pot Luck Dinner Jan. 22nd!

ATTENTION ALL NV-CURE MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS:
There will be a pot luck dinner get together on January 22, 2014, from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM, at the Captive Free Church located at 1340 Lowry Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106.

Please come and bring a little something to much on. We can sit around and discuss issues that are on our minds, get to know each other and, hopefully, find ways to change the prison and parole systems for the better.


Come on down. We want you there and we want to get to know you better.

John Witherow, Greg McWilliams and other NV-CURE Members will be there to meet each one of you. Thank you in advance for coming.

For further information call: John 231.313.0059 or Greg 702.472.0343.
SEE YOU THERE.
John

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