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.

Interview: Living History: Lessons from “Tough-on-Crime” Failure in America

Federally-funded study shows states’ combined prison costs are up 400 per cent since the 1970s

By: CBC (Canada) The Canadian Press, May 11, 2014

John Witherow tried robbing a jewelry store — and walked away with a treasure-trove of insights into the American justice system.

His star-crossed participation in a stickup attempt in Reno, Nev., earned him 26 years in prison in an era of drastic change in U.S. justice policy, from the rise of the tough-on-crime approach to its more recent fall from favour.

Witherow shared his story during a conference in Washington, where there is bipartisan momentum behind a number of justice reforms designed to reduce prison costs and increase rehabilitation of inmates.

His initial plan, back then, was to tie down a jewelry store owner while one of his accomplices brandished a sawed-off shotgun. As it turned out, the store owner had a gun, too, and the plan went off the rails.

Witherow was eventually tracked down and sent to the slammer. Because of his seven prior convictions, mainly for robberies, he received an especially long sentence for attempted robbery with use of a weapon.


Longer sentences, services chopped.

This was in 1984.

When he arrived in the Nevada prison system, he recalls, prisoners were able to get out early for good behaviour, and some of his fellow inmates were getting college degrees. Witherow himself managed to turn his life around when he got paralegal training.

But he says things changed pretty quickly.

“It was just the start of the maybe-we-should-get-tough-on-crime era,” said Witherow, whose jailhouse training has helped him request pardons, push for better health care, and fight for sentencing reform as head of the Nevada chapter of Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants, where he’s been involved since his 2010 release.

“It was all about tough on crime but nobody thought, ‘How we gonna pay for it?”‘

Read the rest here.