Not fit for human consumption or habitation

Thursday March 3rd a White Paper on prison conditions in Nevada will be organized at Boyd School of Law. It will be presented by the author, Rebecca Paddock.


When should we be concerned? After how many letters from prisoners? How many anecdotes from family members? From inmate advocates? How many news stories?

The state of Nevada’s prisons has been troubling the ACLU of Nevada for a long time. We have expressed concern over medical care, conditions of confinement, and treatment by guards at numerous facilities, and we filed a class action lawsuit about the medical care at Ely State Prison. With everything we had heard, we wanted to know how Nevada’s prisons objectively measured up.

The ACLU of Nevada and the national ACLU Human Rights Project sponsored Rebecca Paddock on a Prisoner Rights Fellowship in 2010 to examine the conditions in Nevada’s prisons through an international human rights lens. To complete her fellowship, Ms. Paddock authored a white paper “Not Fit for Human Consumption or Habitation: Nevada’s Prisons in Crisis,” which soon will be distributed to legislators, government officials, professors, and the general public.

Not Fit For Human Consumption or Habitation
Nevada’s Prisons in Crisis
  • DATE: Thursday, March 3, 2011
  • TIME: 6:30 PM. A reception will immediately follow the presentation.
  • LOCATION: Moot Courtroom/Auditorium at the Boyd School of Law
  • COST: Free and open to the public

Rebecca Paddock, author of the white paper “Not Fit for Human Consumption or Habitation: Nevada’s Prisons in Crisis” will share the findings of her report and lead a discussion with panelists:

  • Phil Kohn, Clark County Public Defender
  • Fatma Marouf, Associate Professor at the Boyd School of Law, UNLV
  • Maggie McLetchie, Legal Director, ACLU of Nevada
  • Laurie Rielly-Johnson, Inmate Advocate
This event is hosted by ACLU of Nevada, the Public Interest Law Association, and the William S. Boyd School of Law.