Here is Nevada Cure's January 2018 Informational Bulletin, covering many topics, amongst them:
- An In Memoriam for attorney Carl Potter III, and a call to help raise funds for the Cal J. Potter, III, Memorial Fund, for a Civil Rights Clinic at UNLV Boyd School of Law.
- A hurray that Kirstin Lobato was finally released!!
Attention NDOC Population - Canteen Prices
By Don Sherman, Death Row, ESP
We recently obtained a copy of a Catalog for Access Securepak California Quarterly Package program (californiaqp.com). Curiously, the address is in Sparks, NV, the same as our vendor. Now get this - the prices are almost one half of what we and our families pay! No joke, here are a few
Nike Air Overplay Shoes: CA - $56.95 - - - - - - - - - NV -$ 97.85!
Reebok Kobo Sandals: CA - $16.00- - - - - - - - - - - - NV - $30.70
Maxwell House 8 oz. coffee: CA - $5.80 - - - - - - - - - NV - $11.10
Amp’d 15” and 13” TV w/CD player & FM tuner:
CA-$219.95 and $179.95- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - NV 13” - $325.00
Plus, they offer California a vastly wider variety of food, drink, clothing, hygiene products, and appliances.
This practice of pricing our package items at extortive rates and imposing arbitrary small selections must end. The previous NDOC administration was clearly using our program as a means to fund the state, not as a benefit to the inmate population. The statutes in NRS give the Board of Corrections / Director the authority to institute programs “for the benefit of all inmates.” How is extorting the inmate population and their families in any way a benefit for us? These programs were corrupted by greed, mismanagement, and an obvious disregard for our care and benefit.
It’s time we acted to change this. It is time to show unity and act! In Nevada, the prisoner population has little social/political representation. The absence of support from the outside community enables NDOC to act with impunity, misuse our programs and welfare fund, over-price our canteen, and
abuse us in general. We must get involved!
Please ask your families, friends, and attorneys to contact NV-CURE and coordinate to protest the mistreatment of NV prisoners!
Also, ask your people to go online to the NDOC website, go to family services, and send the Director their objections regarding the extortive prices on our food and clothing items. Please act!
Have your people log on to californiaqp.com, print out the catalog (or specific pages of it) and mail it in to you. Then, file grievances and attach those pricing pages as proof. Bombard the Director’s office with calls and emails! Complaints from the outside carry much more weight than complaints from us.
Please pass this newsletter around the yard. Ask people to actually do something and make an effort instead of bitching about shit and doing nothing. If we all make a concerted effort, we can cause change! NV-CURE is our best bet. They are the only organization in Nevada looking out for us, and we should try to throw as much support their way as we can.
Please have your families, friends, and attorneys contact NV-CURE and ask how they can help or how to coordinate action to Director Dzurenda’s office.
Let’s make some noise and give it a shot. A few of us are trying, but if a few thousand of us had people call the Director’s office, that might produce results.
NOTE: NV-CURE apologizes. This article should have run 4 months ago. We overlooked it in our efforts. Sorry.
Here is the Nevada Cure January 2018 Informational Bulletin (Newsletter)