Criminal Justice + Policing

ACLU complaint asks DOJ to investigate treatment of deaf inmates at detention center

BY: - January 17, 2022

The ACLU of Nevada is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to look into the treatment of deaf inmates at the Clark County Detention Center. In a complaint filed earlier this month with the Civil Rights Division, Christopher Peterson, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU, said the facility has violated the American Disability Act […]

Rosen calls for review of Pahrump ICE detention facility

BY: - January 12, 2022

Nevada Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen is calling on Homeland Security to conduct a review of a Pahrump detention center used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying the facility is potentially obstructing detainees’ legal rights and their pathways for release. In a letter sent Tuesday to Homeland Security Under Secretary Robert Silvers, Rosen states her office […]

Lombardo, Wolfson ignored law in attempt to disqualify judge

BY: - December 13, 2021

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo enlisted District Attorney Steve Wolfson in an April 2018 effort to remove then-Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Tobiasson from cases involving Metro’s vice detail after she publicly criticized Metro and the District Attorney, according to audio recordings obtained by the Current of Judicial Discipline Commission interviews with Lombardo […]

Ely Conservation Camp

NDOC: No timeline set to reopen prison camp closed for understaffing

BY: - December 10, 2021

Staffing problems continue to plague Ely State Prison, further delaying the reopening of a nearby conservation camp that was shuttered last year. Ely Conservation Camp, located roughly 40 miles south of the maximum-security prison, is a minimum-security facility where inmates work on projects for the state departments of wildlife and forestry, including on fire crews. […]

House Republicans slam treatment of Jan. 6 defendants held at D.C. jail

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON–Four House Republicans held a Tuesday press conference to complain about the poor conditions at a District of Columbia jail housing inmates charged with violence in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But a District of Columbia advocate for prison reform in an interview said that jail and another in D.C. […]

Organizers, lawmakers discuss reforming policies that criminalize poverty

BY: - December 6, 2021

Now that Nevada has passed legislation to decriminalize traffic tickets and end debt-based license suspensions, lawmakers and organizers are looking at other policies to ensure poverty isn’t criminalized.  The Fines and Fees Justice Center hosted a panel last week to discuss the recent passage of Assembly Bill 116, which converted traffic offenses like driving with […]

COMMENTARY

Guilty verdicts in Arbery killing give no pleasure, only relief

BY: - November 25, 2021

There’s no pleasure to be taken from the guilty verdicts returned Wednesday by a Glynn County jury in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery; there is only relief and thanksgiving that in the end justice could be done, at least in a case in which the evidence was so well-documented and seemingly obvious. Given that they […]

Jury finds McMichaels, Bryan guilty of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder

BY: - November 24, 2021

A nearly all-white jury in a Glynn County courtroom Wednesday afternoon convicted three white men of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery as the 25-year-old Black jogger ran through their neighborhood in February 2020. Travis McMichael, seen all over the world in a viral video that shows him firing a shotgun into Arbery at close range, […]

Jury finds Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts

BY: - November 19, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse, the white teenager who shot three people, killing two of them, during Black Lives Matter protests in downtown Kenosha, was found not guilty of all the charges against him on Friday. The Kenosha County jury in the Rittenhouse murder trial found that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony […]

Iowa puppy mill scrutinized by feds sold dogs to Las Vegas shop

BY: - November 12, 2021

Before federal authorities moved to shut down a rural Iowa puppy mill, hundreds of dogs that were bred and sold in what prosecutors called filthy, dangerous conditions wound up at upscale pet retailers in Florida, New York, Nevada and other states. Using federal veterinary records, the Iowa-based nonprofit Bailing Out Benji has tracked 498 of […]

Former Caesars principal who paid Epstein is reportedly under criminal investigation

BY: - November 4, 2021

Nevada gaming regulators were either unaware of or unconcerned about payments of $158 million then-Caesars Entertainment principal Leon Black made to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein between 2012 and 2017, after Epstein’s 2008 conviction for sex trafficking a minor, as well as $100,000 monthly payments Black admits making to a woman to keep her quiet […]

Hundreds of prison staff submitted religious exemptions ahead of vaccination deadline

BY: - November 4, 2021

More than 12% of Nevada prison staffers have requested exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine, the vast majority of them citing religious beliefs, according to Nevada Department of Corrections officials. Prison officials said 285 of the 2,372 correctional staff have submitted vaccination exemptions ahead of the Nov. 1 deadline requiring all personnel to be vaccinated against […]