Criminal Justice + Policing

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 […]

NDOC runs into problems implementing prison gerrymandering reform bill

BY: - October 28, 2021

One-third of state prison inmates have no last known residence on record, which puts the Nevada Department of Corrections in conflict with a 2019 state law requiring it to adjust population data based on that information. According to the Nevada law, prison inmates should be reallocated in census data so they are counted as residents […]

Incarcerated pay price for prison system staffing shortages

BY: - October 25, 2021

A severe staffing shortage and COVID restrictions in Nevada’s prisons have left inmates with a lack of food, hygiene, cleaning supplies, and contact with the outside, according to interviews with inmates and letters sent to the Current this year.   Some inmates complain they’ve lost good time credits and seen their release dates pushed back because […]