Magazine article Corrections Forum

Pardons Board to Look at Overcrowding

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Pardons Board to Look at Overcrowding

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Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau

The Nevada Pardons Board has decided to look at an idea that could get large numbers of inmates out of the state's prisons. Supreme Court Justice Jim Hardesty proposed the two-prong plan aimed at non-violent offenders both legally in the U.S. and illegals.

He told the board, consisting of the Supreme Court, attorney general and governor, the idea would be to identify first offenders with no history of violence who are within 24 months of completing their minimum prison sentence. Illegal aliens in that group, he said, could be pardoned and turned over to the federal immigration agency for deportation. He also asked prisons director Howard Skolnik to identify inmates legally in the U.S. who fit those qualifications, saying it would be much cheaper for the state to pardon them to alternative programs if those programs can be developed.

Skolnik said he could get raw numbers of inmates fitting those descriptions within a day or so but that it would take time to review their files to see who actually qualifies as a good candidate for release. …

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