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.
Feb. 4th, 2015
Voices for Freedom for Tyrend Goins, Sr.
Please join my children, my friends and me in trying to resolve this situation.
In April 2014, an agreement was signed with the judge, the district attorney’s office and the public defender’s office and notarized by all parties.
We have not received a response from the Court since April 11, 2014 . The agreement was for time served (NRS 200.080).
We are looking for any help you may be able to offer.
Please contact Dr. Cesar and Rita Minera at (775)-825-4446 at Word of Life.
Copies of the agreement were sent to KOLO 8 News in Reno-Sparks.
Thank you for any help. (775) 858-8888
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.|
We learned that John Coldwell passed away on October 2nd, 2014.
John was a member of NV-CURE and a prison activist. He recently won a case in the 9th Circuit invalidating the NDOC policy of no cataract surgery for a person blind in only one eye. He will be missed.
Please read this letter from earlier this year received by NV-CURE from John Coldwell. This letter reflects the type of person John Colwell was to us. Thank you for reading it.
A 67-year-old prisoner at Desert State Prison in Indian Springs has died.
Nevada Department of Corrections has confirmed that inmate John Colwell, NDOC #33742, died of a chronic medical condition at the High Desert State Prison. Read more here.