Our latest NV Cure Newsletter nr 38 and more…

We just published our 38th Information Bulletin (IB), which you can read here.

We also noticed your requests to read earlier newsletters from 32 down, and we discovered that those published from 32 down did not have a link to all on the internet. We fixed this, so if all is well, you can access all our newsletters again.
This is the page where you can find links to all 38 of the IB’s.

Thank you for your interest, and if you would like to donate to keep our Information Bulletins being published, you are very welcome to donate via Paypal (nevadacure@gmail.com).

THANK YOU!

Our latest Info-Bulletin with news on Nevada canteen prices being higher than in other states

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
examples:

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)

In Nevada over 400 people are currently being held in prison past their release date

Senator Segerblom:
NV-CURE is e-mailing you regarding a serious problem with people being held in prison past their release dates. According to our information, over 400 people are currently being held in prison past their release dates. It costs approximately $20,000.00 per year for Nevada to incarcerate a person in prison.  That is $54.79 per day.  For over 400 people, that is over $21,917.00 PER DAY it is costing Nevada taxpayers to hold people in prison that should have been released and on their way to becoming productive members of our community.
WHY IS THIS?
NV-CURE requests that the Legislature find out the reason. The Legislature should summons the persons in Parole and Probation and in the NDOC, preferably the Community Resources person, to explain to the Legislature exactly why this is happening – and is a continuing and ongoing problem.
Twenty One Thousand Dollars a day is a substantial amount of money to spend to incarcerate people that should be in our communities supporting themselves.
Please initiate immediate action to resolve this problem.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

After Orange Halfway Home for women

By Cassandra Marie
In: NV-CURE Informational Bulletin (IB) Nr 21 (January 2017)

Cassandra and Jamie, sisters, come from loving parents and a loving home. Jamie was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 10-25 years in prison. That was the beginning of our experience with the prison system. We obtained approval to visit and discussed the things we could do to make a difference.  Jamie has been incarcerated for nearly 10 years now.

With 2.3 million people incarcerated in our country and a 68% recidivism rate, we came up with a concept to follow people as they left prison. Where would they go, what would they do, and who would they hang out with? I started documenting women leaving FMWCC more than 3 years ago. I called the project After Orange. I have witnessed a variety of behaviors from the women I’ve interviewed and followed. From reconnecting with friends and family, going to Hope For Prisoners, turning to prostitution, and dipping back into old behaviors. We have learned of the many problems and issues in and around the NDOC.

One of these issues is the unanswered demand for housing when women are released. On November 1st, 2016, I opened “After Orange: Halfway Home”, a nonprofit transitional home for women being released from prison. We also documented a series about the women’s journey through and after their incarceration. We had a desire to help women who are ready to change their lives, partnering with community organizations like Hope For Prisoners, LV Urban League, FIT, Larson’s Training Center, NV CURE, God Behind Bars, LV Public Defenders, The Metropolitan Police Department, Private Practicing Lawyers, Department of Parole and Probation, and The District Attorney’s office. We bring trauma healing experts into our home and we’ve cultivated a healthy daily program with a set curfew, daily house meetings, house maintenance, substance abuse meetings, spiritual avenues, and structured life mapping to help women live their absolute best lives while giving back to their community. There is accountability in our home, primarily driven by our residents keeping each other in check.

After Orange: Halfway Home is only for women who want to live their absolute best lives. Our vision of helping female ex-offenders is taking shape. My sister and I are committed to bringing positive change to the prison culture in our country. Jamie goes to the parole board this March 2017, and upon release, she will be assisting to move this project forward from the outside.

The women from After Orange Halfway Home have been volunteering for NV CURE, helping with office duties and are very happy to give back to their community. If you are a woman inmate interested in living at our home, please write a 250 word statement about your story and why you’re ready to live your absolute best life and send it to NV CURE, Attn: After Orange Halfway House, 540 E. St. Louis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104. We will send you an application and look forward to hearing from you. Please spread the word.

Nevada Cure to the ACAJ: Revise the entire Nevada criminal sentencing system

As presented to the Advisory Committee on the Administration of Justice (ACAJ), August 31st, 2016 (postponed to Sept. 12th):

Nevada Cure Position on the NV Criminal Sentencing System, part 2 (8-31-2016)
Nevada Cure presentation to ACAJ 8-31-2016 Sources
Nevada Cure Position on the NV Criminal Sentencing System, part 1 (05-06-2016)

To NDOC: STOP RETALIATION against prisoner for filing grievances and lawsuits

The grievance process in prisons was ESTABLISHED TO GIVE PRISONERS A LEGITIMATE MEANS OR AIRING THEIR COMPLAINTS – as a direct result of the Attica Rebellion (1971). The Attica Rebellion occurred because prisoner had a no legitimate means of having their grievances and complaints heard by the prison administration.

NV-CURE would like to see the NDOC STOP RETALIATION against prisoner for filing grievances and lawsuits.
NV-CURE has been trying to stop this retaliation for a very long period to time.  Nothing has been done to stop it.  The retaliation has not stopped and has, in fact, increased. Something must be done.

We want the retaliation in Nevada prisons to stop and we would sincerely appreciate the Director taking action to stop it. 

Below is a letter from a prisoner at Ely State Prison (ESP) about retaliation by guards to prisoners who speak up on the conditions inside:
Retaliation is running rampant within NDOC.
7-29-2016
Because I wrote grievances and letters to the Director regarding the conditions in Unit 8 at S.D.C.C., when Assistant Warden (AW) Adams received a copy of the letters I had written to Director Dzurenga, I was put on a special trans[port] to Ely State Prison (ESP) within a week and when I arrived at ESP, I was confronted by Sgt. Manning [whom] I had sued in 2008, and [I was] verbally threatened, then he told all the officers in the area:

“This one likes to take you to court, make sure he gets special treatment,”

and when I received my property two days later, many items were missing, including such things as my CD-player, AC/DC adaptor, beard trimmers and other small items like bowls, watch, etc.

All of the appliances were on my property card and were inventoried prior to transfer, but they have now vanished.
Property officers also removed my heart- and bloodpressure medication from my property and now I have gone eleven (11) days so far without any medication even after filing an Emergency Grievance and kites to Medical.
Now let me tell you about the food that is being served here at ESP now.
Meals are now served on small styrofoam trays (very small), the portions have been cut down to maybe a quarter of regular, and now we are served only items like hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken patties every day.
Tonight’s dinner was one chicken patty, eight french fries and a bun, no desserts or anything. Lunch was two slices of bologna, four slices of bread, and two crackers period. Breakfast was one fried egg, five  tater tots, two table spoons of oatmeal and the same of fruit cocktail. This is no way nutritionally adequate compared to a 2000 calorie diet standard set by federal guidelines for dietary standards. 
I have begun the grievance process on both of these issues and fully intend to file a lawsuit regarding this and other issues like my disciplinary hearing where I was denied witnesses after I filed grievances regarding conditions,…