Saturday, March 28, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Nevada-Cure Monthly Meeting Agenda March 25th

Our Monthly Meeting is on March 25th, our apologies for the late announcement.

Here is the Agenda:

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

MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA

For March 25, 2015 : 6:30 PM PST

Place:
Law Office of Gallian, Welker & Beckstrom, LC
Meeting Location, Conference Room
540 E. St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Tel: 702.347.1731 - Email: Nevadacure@gmail.com - Website: Nevadacure.org

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

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

2. Approval of Agenda. (Agenda is late. Any objection to less than 10 day notice).

3. Approval of Minutes of previous meeting.

4. Open comments by members and guests.

5. Issues to be discussed at meeting:

    a. Election Procedures for Board of Directors – June 2015

    b. Update on medical issues. (Weisner)

    c. Advertising in Newsletter (Greg).

    d. Meeting With Senator Bower on Ombudsman Bill SB 279 (John)

    e. CA PACT (Parole and Community Team) (John)

    f. Update on Relocation (John and Natalie)

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

7. Set date, time and place for next meeting. (Next Meeting April 28, 2015)

8. Adjourn meeting.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Please express strong support for SB 279 for an Independent OMBUDSMAN in Nevada

TO ALL NV-CURE MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS - AND PRISONER RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS:
Please read Senate Bill (SB) 279 to create an Independent Ombudsman in the State of Nevada to investigate prisoner complaints.
 
This is a fantastic bill that will finally bring justice and fairness to resolution of prisoner complaints and grievances.  Your support for SB 279 is sincerely appreciated.  
 
Please write, call, or e-mail the Legislature, if you have not already done so, and express your strong support for passage of SB 279. We commend our Legislators for sponsoring, drafting and passing and passing SB 279.  Fine job and our most sincere appreciation.
 
SB 279 is a fine example of the action that needs to be taken in every state to address the problems with our prison systems.  All prisoner organizations should bring this bill to the attention of their state and federal Legislators. Bring justice and fairness to ALL of our citizens.
 
You can share your opinion for SB 279 here (just search SB 279).

Thank you!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Agenda for Monthly Meeting of Nevada-Cure

The next Monthly Meeting will be on Feb. 25th, at 6:30 PM.

Meeting Location:

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

Tel.: 702.347.1731

If you cannot make it to the meeting, please call the Conference Call Number and Code to attend at distance:

712-432-0926

Code: 493815#

You can view the Agenda by clicking here.

Nevada’s legal purgatory: Paroled prisoners stay behind bars

This is an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, published on Feb. 14th, 2015

By BETHANY BARNES and JAMES DEHAVEN
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

The case of Russell Yeager isn’t a whodunit or a claim of wrongful conviction.

Yeager is, without a doubt, a murderer.

The mystery lies in what led to Yeager walking out of High Desert State Prison on Jan. 2, 2014 — more than 12 years after the Nevada Parole Board said he should no longer be behind bars.

Because in Nevada, being granted parole doesn’t mean you get out.

The parole board determined in 2001 that Yeager, 52, no longer posed the same risk to society he did as a rage-filled 15-year-old runaway who killed in cold blood.

For 13 years, Yeager asked the prison system, lawyers and the Nevada Supreme Court to give him what he had been granted. But nothing seemed to help.

Then suddenly, inexplicably, Yeager was out.

So why did the government decide Yeager was fit for release but not follow through for more than a decade? And more importantly, why are dozens more people — some convicted of nonviolent crimes — caught in the same legal purgatory?

It’s a conundrum that continually pops up in the Legislature. And it comes at a high cost to Nevada taxpayers: About $4 million a year to house and feed inmates the government determined should be let out.

Yeager — whose case is an extreme example of delays an inmate can face — is part of a parole backlog that is not only expensive but also puts the public at risk, according to criminal justice experts. Many of the inmates will serve their full sentence in prison, then be dropped back into society without supervision from a parole officer.

Through public records, interviews and correspondence the Review-Journal has found:

■ Some inmates are just too poor for parole. There is a limited amount of public funding available to help inmates pay rent at the state’s few halfway houses, leaving some stuck.

■ The parole backlog largely has been pushed aside by anyone with the power to do something about it.

■ The seemingly haphazard process could violate constitutional rights.

If Nevada leaders figured out how to get their backlog of paroled inmates out of prison, it could save millions and offer a fairer system on the surface. But one thing is clear in this mystery: With the legislative session underway, no one seems to have a plan to speed things up.

GRANTING PAROLE

Nevada’s 21 prisons, conservation camps and transitional facilities housed an average of 12,739 inmates a day last year. This year, the corrections department is authorized to spend $300 million on the system.

The Nevada Parole Board, in determining whether inmates are ready to rejoin society, takes the first step in cutting those numbers.

Prison sentences typically involve a range — say two years to five years, with the inmates eligible for release once they have served their minimum. The parole board then can deem prisoners eligible to serve the remainder of their sentence supervised by a parole officer.

The board considers the likelihood the prisoner will break the law again; the severity of the crime; the inmate’s criminal record; testimony from crime victims; the inmate’s history of violence, drug use or sexual deviance; and whether the prisoner has failed a previous probation or parole.

If the board grants parole — a privilege, not a right, according to Nevada law — the inmate must submit a plan for life on the outside to the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation.

And that’s where the system hits a snag. For one in three paroled inmates, something goes awry with the submitted plan and Parole and Probation officials won’t sign off. The inmates then wait, often for months or even years.

Those holdups result in Nevada taxpayers paying roughly $343,000 per month — or more than $4 million in an average year — to feed, house, guard and provide medical care for more than 300 people a year the state has decided don’t need to be in prison.

Read the rest here.

NV-CURE has completed another successful book drive

The books we collected were delivered to LCC yesterday.  Thank you all for your donations and help.  
 
We will begin another book drive in the near future.  Again, thank you all for the help - and a BIG THANK YOU to the people that gathered and delivered the books.  Great job.
John
Feb. 4th, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nevada Cure for People on Parole & Probation in Nevada

Attention all NV-CURE Members and Supporters:

According to information received by NV-CURE, People in Nevada who are on parole or probation are being advised by their P&P Officers that they may not associate in any manner with NV-CURE because members and supporters of our organization are convicted felons.

NV-CURE has communicated with P&P Chief Natalie Wood regarding this matter and is in the process of attempting to change or modify the association clause of the conditions of parole and probation.  Persons on parole or probation should be permitted to associate with NV-CURE in our legitimate activities reflected in our mission statement without fear of having their parole or probation revoked.

IF YOU KNOW of anyone on parole or probation who has been advised by a P&P Officer that they may NOT associate or join NV-CURE because our organization has convicted felon members, PLEASE have that person contact attorneys Travis Barrick and / or Cal Potter with the details.

Thank you for your attention to this problem.

Nevada-Cure News and Articles

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