This is from the Las Vegas Review Journal, Sept 14th, 2015:
This comes from Nevada Public Radio, and was transmitted on tuesday 7/7/15. John Witherow, director of Nevada-Cure, is one of the people who were interviewed.
Is Poor Medical Care Killing Nevada’s Prison Inmates?
On Tuesday, July 7 at 9 am. NV-CURE President John Witherow will be interviewed on Nevada Public Radio 88.9 FM on this subject.
This comes from our Informational Bulletin nr 12, 2015:
Forty five people have died in custody in Nevada’s prison facilities since August, 2014. Four committed suicide.
One was shot by a prison guard. One died of cardiovascular disease and the rest are either deaths caused, according to NDOC, by “medical condition”, unknown”, “natural”, or “prolonged illness”. We want to know the causes of death and whether any of these deaths are attributable to the Hepatitis C virus.
This information was provided to NV-CURE by an NPR Senior Producer Joe Schoenmann and former Correctional Officer Mark Clarke, whom we thank for their time and efforts regarding this matter. We hope that further investigation will reveal the facts regarding each of these
Not one noted death is from hepatitis C, even though we know that the prevalence of that disease is much higher than in the population at large and we know that NDOC gives very little treatment for this very treatable disease. Allegedly, many of these deaths are “under investigation”, and NV-CURE finally has volunteers willing to keep track of each death, order the coroner’s report, which is a matter of public record, if necessary, and log the deaths on a spreadsheet, making sure that the media, legislators and the US DOJ are made aware of the high number of deaths due to disease. It is estimated that 12-35% of prisoners nationwide are infected with the Hep C virus. We will never know exactly how many prisoners are infected with the disease, until we have testing, which the Nevada legislature and the NDOC refuse to provide.
NDOC claims that they are investigating the potential of providing hospice care, but we have seen no action yet on that claim.
On Tuesday, July 7 at 9 am. NV-CURE President John Witherow will be interviewed on Nevada Public Radio 88.9 FM on this subject. A recording of the program will be posted on our website, Nevaacure.org. Thank you for your attention to this problem.
From Las Vegas Sun, Nov. 13th, 2014, comes this sad news:
“A Nevada inmate died last month at Summerlin Hospital of a medical condition, according to Corrections Department officials.
Officials said they could not locate any next of kin for Denise Leeellen Carlson, 58, who died Oct. 30.”
Read more here.
If you are a journalist, please try to find out if there is a lack of medical care, or a reason why so many people in Nevada’s prisons die of medical conditions. Thank you.
We received documents from Tyrend Goins, who has been in Nevada’s prison system for 17 years on a charge which was recently nullified due to newly discovered evidence, exculpating him from the original charge against him.
Tyrend is however still in prison! This cannot be right! Nevada is holding a man whose charge was nullified. Surely NDOC should not let this injustice and this costly situation remain as it is! The Judge even granted Tyrend’s Amended 28 U.S.C. par 2241 Motion in September of 2014, and orders that he is immediately released from custody prison.
Here is what Tyrend wrote that was posted on the SF Bay View website on May 27th, 2014:
“The truth is out that I did not kill Melvener Winston. MRSA was the cause of her passing. I want my mother’s side to know the truth. My six children and five grandchildren want to meet their relatives.My grandfather is Joseph Dillion. My grandmother is Kay Francis. They lived in the San Francisco area. My mother, Brenda, was the first of their eight children, who were born between 1957 and 1969 in San Francisco General Hospital. The only other names I remember are Nadeen and Darlene.I’m waiting to go back to court to be vindicated and released. If you can help us find our family, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to me: Tyrend Goins, Sr., 59050, NNCC, P.O. Box 7000, Carson City, NV 89702.”
|April 11th, 2014 Tyrend Goins: evidence withheld for 17 years clears him from homicide-doc 1|
|April 11th, 2014 Tyrend Goins: evidence withheld for 17 years clears him from homicide- doc 2|
|April 11th, 2014 Tyrend Goins: evidence withheld for 17 years clears him from homicide- doc 3|
|Tyrend Goins Letter to Public Defender Evie Grosenick, Reno, Nevada, June 19th 2014 on filing a federal 28 U.S.C. paragraph 2241 Motion.|
|Tyrend Goins filing his federal 28 U.S.C. paragraph 2241 Motion Challenging Confinement on Constitutional Grounds and Demanding a Habeas Corpus Hearing, September 2014.|
|Tyrend Goins’ federal 28 U.S.C. paragraph 2241 Motion granted, September 2014 ORDERED that Plaintiff is immediately released from custody prison.|
This is from a text from the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section, in a recommendation to the House of Delegates, concerning effective monitoring of prisons.
It was written in 2008, and Nevada Cure thinks that this should be implemented in Nevada and everywhere else.
This type of MONITORING is exactly what is needed in Nevada. We believe the independent ombudsman would serve this purpose. Please pass the Ombudsman Bill introduced by Senator Segerblom.
Here you can find Minutes of the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice Meeting of May 1st, 2014, in which NV-Cure Director John Witherow explained the need for an Ombudsman to monitor NDOC.
Alternatively, make NV-CURE an Independent Monitor and give us the power, money and staff that can do the job that needs to be done. Thank you.
KEY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EFFECTIVE MONITORING
OF CORRECTIONAL AND DETENTION FACILITIES
1. The monitoring entity is independent of the agency operating or utilizing the correctional or detention facility.
2. The monitoring entity is adequately funded and staffed.
3. The head of the monitoring entity is appointed for a fixed term by an elected official, is subject to confirmation by a legislative body, and can be removed only for just cause.
4. Inspection teams have the expertise, training, and requisite number of people to meet the monitoring entity’s purposes.
5. The monitoring entity has the duty to conduct regular inspections of the facility, as well as the authority to examine, and issue reports on, a particular problem at one or more facilities.
6. The monitoring entity is authorized to inspect or examine all aspects of a facility’s operations and conditions including, but not limited to: staff recruitment, training, supervision, and discipline; inmate deaths; medical and mental-health care; use of force; inmate violence; conditions of confinement; inmate disciplinary processes; inmate
grievance processes; substance-abuse treatment; educational, vocational, and other programming; and reentry planning.
7. The monitoring entity uses an array of means to gather and substantiate facts, including observations, interviews, surveys, document and record reviews, video and tape recordings, reports, statistics, and performance-based outcome measures.
8. Facility and other governmental officials are authorized and required to cooperate fully and promptly with the monitoring entity.
9. To the greatest extent possible consistent with the monitoring entity’s purposes, the monitoring entity works collaboratively and constructively with administrators, legislators, and others to improve the facility’s operations and conditions.
10. The monitoring entity has the authority to conduct both scheduled and unannounced inspections of any part or all of the facility at any time. The entity must adopt procedures to ensure that unannounced inspections are conducted in a reasonable manner.
11. The monitoring entity has the authority to obtain and inspect any and all records, including inmate and personnel records, bearing on the facility’s operations or conditions.
12. The monitoring entity has the authority to conduct confidential interviews with any person, including line staff and inmates, concerning the facility’s operations and conditions; to hold public hearings; to subpoena witnesses and documents; and to require that witnesses testify under oath.
13. Procedures are in place to enable facility administrators, line staff, inmates, and others to transmit information confidentially to the monitoring entity about the facility’s operations and conditions.
14. Adequate safeguards are in place to protect individuals who transmit information to the monitoring entity from retaliation and threats of retaliation.
15. Facility administrators are provided the opportunity to review monitoring reports and provide feedback about them to the monitoring entity before their dissemination to the public, but the release of the reports is not subject to approval from outside the monitoring entity.
16. Monitoring reports apply legal requirements, best correctional practices, and other criteria to objectively and accurately review and assess a facility’s policies, procedures, programs, and practices; identify systemic problems and the reasons for them; and proffer
possible solutions to those problems.
17. Subject to reasonable privacy and security requirements as determined by the monitoring entity, the monitoring entity’s reports are public, accessible through the Internet, and distributed to the media, the jurisdiction’s legislative body, and its top elected official.
18. Facility administrators are required to respond publicly to monitoring reports; to develop and implement in a timely fashion action plans to rectify problems identified in those reports; and to inform the public semi-annually of their progress in implementing
these action plans. The jurisdiction vests an administrative entity with the authority to redress noncompliance with these requirements.
19. The monitoring entity continues to assess and report on previously identified problems and the progress made in resolving them until the problems are resolved.
20. The jurisdiction adopts safeguards to ensure that the monitoring entity is meeting its designated purposes, including a requirement that it publish an annual report of its findings and activities that is public, accessible through the Internet, and distributed to the media, the jurisdiction’s legislative body, and its top elected official.
Stephen J. Saltzburg
Chair, Section of Criminal Justice
On August 31st, Nevada-Cure received a call from someone confined at Lovelock Correctional Center (LCC) who told us they’d had NO water for 24 hours. None. And there was no one to call before today, Tuesday (9/2). This is dangerous and unsanitary. No water!
NV-CURE, and many others, would like to know WHY there is no water for drinking, toilets or showers at the Lovelock Correctional Center (LCC) and why the problem has not been fixed for over 72 hours.
This is the problem of which the public should be aware. Is there any reporter out there who will check into the matter, find out the problem, find out why it is taking so long to fix and what out what is going to be done to prevent problems like this in the future?
April 26, 2014
The first 200 documents of the Nevada-Cure Prisoner Abuse Letters-project are online.
Page 1: with introduction and Docs 1-50:
540 E. St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
We received this letter anonymously, which shows an alarming issue:
Truman Walker asphyxiated himself by hanging, on Friday November 8th 2013, in High Desert State Prison (HDSP), Nevada, because he was afforded no proper medical care, that is supposed to be necessitated by the State of Nevada (Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC).
According to a written noteleft behind explaining his medical situation and supposedly now in State’s evidence, Truman Walker was in such physical pain that he was forced to take his own life.
The most common response inmates receive from medical doctors, nurses and staff is that there is no treatment offered for chronic pain. Furthermore, HDSP does not even diagnose the cause and/or source of the pain.
In the past ten years this complete indifference to medical attention has been ignored year after year, death after death, with no accountability.
Anything you could do to assist Truman Walker’s family in knowing the truth of his situation would be greatly appreciated.