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Short Update: Increased calls for the release of inmates to reduce the coronavirus risk in Nevada’s prisons

FairTrialsAdmin - April 29, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases

Approximately 13,000 people are incarcerated in the state’s prisons, and 2,500 full-time staff cycle in and out of those prisons every day. Another 2,000 to 7,000 people are incarcerated in county jails on any given day. Prison employees in five separate Nevada institutions have tested positive for COVID-19. However, we do not know how many incarcerated people in Nevada have been tested for COVID-19 or tested positive. The Department of Corrections refuses to disclose this information, it claims to have just 15 complete tests in its possession. 

In an Op-Ed, Eve Hanan, Associate Professor of law at William S. Boyd School of Law in Nevada, urges authorities to release those vulnerable because of age or health conditions, and those who do not pose demonstrable public safety risks.  

 Read the Op-Ed here.

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