NEVADA STOPS TAKING INMATES FUNDS FOR RESTITUTION

NEVADA STOPS TAKING INMATES FUNDS FOR RESTITUTION

Nevada suspends practice of taking money from inmates who owe restitution


NEVADA STOPS TAKING INMATES FUNDS FOR RESTITUTION

State officials on Thursday temporarily stopped the Department of Corrections from using a victims’ bill of rights law to take up to 80 percent of money sent by families to some prisoners.

During the Board of State Prison Commissioners meeting, Gov. Steve Sisolak, Attorney General Aaron Ford and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske voted to suspend the policy put forth in September by Department of Corrections director Charles Daniels.

The director was able to create the policy before the board voted on it. The department used Marsy’s Law as an “excuse” to take the majority of money that prisoners’ families are sending them, Nicholas Shepack, a policy fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, said in a phone interview Wednesday. The money is being taken from prisoners who owe restitution.

“Marsy’s Law doesn’t actually require what they’re doing,” Shepack said.

In November 2018, voters approved Marsy’s Law as an amendment to the Nevada Constitution. The law is meant to provide rights for crime victims, including the right to full and timely restitution. Read more in the article below:


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1 Comment

  1. A commission has voided a state law requiring court ordered restitution for victims. The power of government over the voter.

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