Vera Institute To Study Nevada Prison System


Nevada is commissioning a two-year study of its corrections department from the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice, the Las Vegas Sun reports. The study is expected to recommend how to deal with shrinking budgets, overextended staff, and the continual flow of repeat offenders, said corrections director Howard Skolnik.

Michela Bowman of Vera said the institute had worked with Los Angeles County officials on recommendations to alleviate jail crowding and helped Alabama develop a community-based supervision program to reduce the prison population and control costs without endangering public safety. Skolnik says the state legislature has provided funding for only 85 percent of the staff needed to run Nevada's seven prisons.

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