Authorities announced Friday they were investigating a slaying at High Desert State Prison.
An inmate at the prison was killed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night during a fight with another inmate, Nevada Department of Corrections officials said.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. The prison is located at 22010 Coldcreek Road in unincorporated Clark County near Indian Springs.
The Department of Public Safety is leading the investigation and the Department of Corrections is assisting.
Officials said the cause of death is yet to be determined.
Dahn Shaulis said:
The murder of the prisoner at HDSP last week gives NDOC another rationale to make HDSP the max. While the murder may appear to be a security failure, and it was, it is also a victory for higher-level state officials.
As I previously mentioned to Nevada Prison Watch, officials for years have had a plan to make HDSP the max prison (to include a new death chamber). The idea actually precedes Howard Skolnik’s administration. I was in a meeting at HDSP when Interim Director Glen Whorton briefly discussed the plan.
The recession is the only thing that delayed some of the plans for “prison city”, the center of the prison-industrial complex in Nevada.