Nevada Department of Corrections

VICE Correspondent Gianna Toboni interviewed death row inmate Scott Dozier on Monday. His execution was scheduled for 8 pm on Wednesday, but a judge has halted that.
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Death row inmate Scott Dozier was scheduled to be the first person executed in Nevada in more than a decade. Just hours before Wednesday night's execution, however, multiple drug companies intervened in court, and a Las Vegas judge has halted the procedure. KUNR has updates here.

Drug Scarcity Halts Executions In Nevada

Aug 16, 2016
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Nevada's top department of corrections official says a lethal injection drug needed to conduct executions has expired, effectively putting a hold on capital punishment.

Department of Corrections director James Dzurenda told the Board of Prison Commissioners on Tuesday that the maker of the medication, drug company Pfizer, will no longer supply the medication for executions.

Interview: Rebranding Nevada's Department Of Corrections

Aug 12, 2016
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The Nevada Department of Corrections is under new leadership. James Dzurenda's  been director for four months and came at the heels of a probe into the use of force by corrections officers and the resignation of former Director Greg Cox. Dzurenda's the former head of New York City's jail system. He discussed his policing credo with our reporter, Marcus Lavergne.

ML: What were you involved with as a law enforcer on the East Coast?

Sex Offender Law Halted By Nevada Supreme Court

Jul 1, 2016
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A last-gasp petition to the Nevada Supreme Court succeeded in blocking publication of the names of 5,200 registered sex offenders, at least for now.

The state high court issued an order early Friday preventing a notification law while it considers constitutional questions raised by lawyers representing 17 plaintiffs in Vegas.

Attorneys are appealing a district court judge's go-ahead to post names, photos and addresses of offenders.

They argue the law treats offenders unevenly and the state has no method to correct errors.

State Sex Offender Law Activated After 9-Year Hold

Jun 23, 2016
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Important changes will impact Nevada’s sex offender registration system next month. The Nevada Supreme Court finally cleared the way for the 2007 Assembly bill earlier this year. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more:

When a federal judge challenged the constitutionality of AB 579 nine years ago, its enforcement was put on hold. The law is set up to align the state’s sex offender registration system with federal guidelines.

Julie Butler is with the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Lethal Drug Stoppage Shows Death Penalty Divide

May 18, 2016
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The Nevada Department of Corrections is still moving forward with plans for a new execution facility in Ely in light of pharmaceutical powerhouse, Pfizer, halting its sell of lethal injection drugs last Friday. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports:

Department of Correction’s spokeswoman Brooke Keast says plans for the nearly $858,000 facility will continue, but she doesn’t know how quickly.

“It’s our legislature, the voters and the people of Nevada that will ultimately make the decision on what happens with this stuff,” Keast said.

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Three Nevada prisons are helping out the threatened greater sage-grouse bird through a new collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management.

Stanley Locus rakes soil inside a yard at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, where he's been for about a year.

He's part of a new program using inmates to restore sage-grouse habitat, which has been under threat from invasive grasses and wildfires. But before a couple of weeks ago, he had never even heard of the sage-grouse, just sagebrush.

Changing Of The Guard At Nevada Dept Of Corrections

Feb 24, 2016
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This month the Nevada Department of Corrections starts new training for its staff to de-escalate inmate fights without resorting to firearms. The reforms follow a critical review of the department’s use-of-force policies prompted by multiple shootings that left one inmate dead in 2014. 

E.K. McDaniel is a 23-year veteran of the Nevada Department of Corrections and a former warden in Ely.

Nevada Inmate Deaths Up This Year

Dec 31, 2015
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  The number of inmates who died in Nevada state prisons rose slightly this year.

 

As of Thursday, 48 inmates died while in state prison, seven of those in the last month. 

 

"It's not unusual, but it is higher," says Brooke Keast, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections.

 

In 2014 there were 44 deaths and 36 the year before that. This year is the highest number of deaths since at least 2007.

 

The state broke ground Tuesday in Reno on a transitional housing facility for former inmates to help them successfully integrate back into the community. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the project is funded by a unique revenue-sharing agreement between Nevada and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.