Nevada continues to lag in moving mentally ill offenders ordered by the court into its only maximum-security psychiatric facility, resulting in backlogs at jails in Washoe and Clark counties.
Twenty-seven of 42 measures creating new crimes or enhancing existing penalties were approved by the Nevada Legislature, creating the potential for higher incarceration rates and a growing need for expensive new prison beds, an analysis from the Clark County public defender’s office suggests.
A bill that would appropriate nearly $1.3 million to equip 481 Nevada Highway Patrol troopers with body cameras by 2017 was amended and approved Friday by the Senate Finance Committee. Senate Bill 111 will now go to the full Senate for consideration as a Monday deadline for the 2015 session to adjourn looms.
Nevada became the 13th state on Monday to abolish life-without-parole sentences for those under 18 after Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 267 into law.
A bill allowing hearsay evidence in some preliminary court proceedings was approved by the Nevada Senate on a party-line vote Saturday.
The Clark County district attorney testified Wednesday in support of Assembly Bill 193, which would allow hearsay only in some cases that involve child abuse or sexual assault or felony domestic violence.
A long-stalled bill that aims to combat human trafficking passed the Senate on Wednesday with the fingerprints of several Nevada lawmakers.
A Nevada assemblywoman and Las Vegas bail bondsmen are fighting a Las Vegas Municipal Court they say is “money hungry” and bad for business.
A budget amendment allowing the state to directly run its only juvenile maximum-security facility raised concerns among lawmakers.
Nevada lawmakers are again being asked to fund a new execution chamber at Ely State Prison so Nevada can be prepared to carry out a lethal injection should a court order be issued.