From: Nevada Prisoner Voice:
There were 545 lawsuits in federal courts 19 Feb 2009. The bulk of the work for the federal court in Reno is from NV prison inmates at Ely State Prison.
407 == Ely State Prison
27 == Florence McClure Women’s Correctional
72 == High Desert State Prison
5 == Lovelock
11 == Nevada State Prison
16 == Northern Nevada Correctional Center and
7 == Southern Desert Correctional Center.
Professional standards accreditation that can prevent such lawsuits is overdue.
New leadership is needed that will embrace accreditation for all aspects of prison policy and operations.
This is not an expensive process compared to the current cost of litigation.
A federal public defender has stated that 90% of Nevada’s prison problems would disappear if Nevada prisons were accredited to professional standards, like schools and hospitals.
Why has leadership refused to implement accreditation?
Accreditation can save taxpayers millions in legal fees and benefit both prisoners and staff.