Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monthly Meeting Agenda Oct. 29th 2014

The agenda for the Monthly Meeting on Oct. 29th, 2014 can be found here.

Meeting Location:

Conference Room
Law Office of Gallian, Welker & Beckstrom, LC
540 E. St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV  89104
702.347.1731 - Nevadacure.org

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

Saturday, October 4, 2014

John Coldwell passed away - read his letter and learn about his care for others!

We learned that John Coldwell passed away on October 2nd, 2014.

John was a member of NV-CURE and a prison activist.  He recently won a case in the 9th Circuit invalidating the NDOC policy of no cataract surgery for a person blind in only one eye. He will be missed.

Please read this letter from earlier this year received by NV-CURE from John Coldwell.  This letter reflects the type of person John Colwell was to us.  Thank you for reading it.

Newsitem from Kolotv

A 67-year-old prisoner at Desert State Prison in Indian Springs has died.

Nevada Department of Corrections has confirmed that inmate John Colwell, NDOC #33742, died of a chronic medical condition at the High Desert State Prison. Read more here.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Over 72 Hours - NO WATER at Lovelock Correctional Center

On August 31st, Nevada-Cure received a call from someone confined at Lovelock Correctional Center (LCC) who told us they'd had NO water for 24 hours. None. And there was no one to call before today, Tuesday (9/2). This is dangerous and unsanitary. No water!

NV-CURE, and many others, would like to know WHY there is no water for drinking, toilets or showers at the Lovelock Correctional Center (LCC) and why the problem has not been fixed for over 72 hours.

This is the problem of which the public should be aware.  Is there any reporter out there who will check into the matter, find out the problem, find out why it is taking so long to fix and what out what is going to be done to prevent problems like this in the future?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Nevada-Cure: Special Information-Bulletin September 2014 and Protest-flyer

Please read our extra edition of NV-Cure's Special Information-Bulletin: September 2014, for our upcoming PROTEST on Sept. 12th in Las Vegas.

P R O T E S T

September 12, 2014, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Place:
Sidewalk in Front of Entrance to Grounds of:

Grant Sawyer Building
555 E. Washington Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101-1072


ISSUES  BEING  PROTESTED:

1. Testing of ALL Prisoners for Hepatitis C Infection

2. Treatment for ALL Prisoners Infected With Hepatitis C and HIV

3. Elimination of Discretionary Parole System

4. Creation of Independent Legislative Correctional Ombudsman

To Investigate Prisoner Grievances

ENACT APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION - NOW

Our flyer (please share by downloading and printing or via social media like facebook, twitter):

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Our Flyer in PDF

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Agenda August 27th, 2014 Monthly Meeting

MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA for August 27, 2014 : 6:30 PM PST

Place:
Law Office of Gallian, Welker & Beckstrom, LC
Conference Room
540 E. St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Tel.: 702.347.1731

Website: Nevadacure.org

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

Click here to view the Agenda.



Monday, June 30, 2014

Interview: Living History: Lessons from “Tough-on-Crime” Failure in America

Federally-funded study shows states' combined prison costs are up 400 per cent since the 1970s

By: CBC (Canada) The Canadian Press, May 11, 2014

John Witherow tried robbing a jewelry store — and walked away with a treasure-trove of insights into the American justice system.

His star-crossed participation in a stickup attempt in Reno, Nev., earned him 26 years in prison in an era of drastic change in U.S. justice policy, from the rise of the tough-on-crime approach to its more recent fall from favour.

Witherow shared his story during a conference in Washington, where there is bipartisan momentum behind a number of justice reforms designed to reduce prison costs and increase rehabilitation of inmates.

His initial plan, back then, was to tie down a jewelry store owner while one of his accomplices brandished a sawed-off shotgun. As it turned out, the store owner had a gun, too, and the plan went off the rails.

Witherow was eventually tracked down and sent to the slammer. Because of his seven prior convictions, mainly for robberies, he received an especially long sentence for attempted robbery with use of a weapon.

Longer sentences, services chopped.

This was in 1984.

When he arrived in the Nevada prison system, he recalls, prisoners were able to get out early for good behaviour, and some of his fellow inmates were getting college degrees. Witherow himself managed to turn his life around when he got paralegal training.

But he says things changed pretty quickly.

"It was just the start of the maybe-we-should-get-tough-on-crime era," said Witherow, whose jailhouse training has helped him request pardons, push for better health care, and fight for sentencing reform as head of the Nevada chapter of Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants, where he's been involved since his 2010 release.

"It was all about tough on crime but nobody thought, 'How we gonna pay for it?"'

Read the rest here.

Nevada-Cure News and Articles

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