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State gives $12.5 million to resolve mentally ill inmate backlog

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.

Analysis: New tough-on-crime laws will cost Nevada

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.

Senate to consider bill funding police body cameras

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.

DA Steve Wolfson defends move to allow hearsay in more testimony

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.

Nevada has 80 on death row, but no place to execute

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.

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