AB 136 vetoed by Sandoval: no help for non-violent prisoners

From LVRJ (Ed Vogel, June 16th 2011):

–Assembly Bill 136, which would have allowed certain felons to earn credits to reduce their sentences by acquiring vocational skills and passing drug treatment programs. Violent and sex offender would have been excluded. Nineteen of the 26 Republicans opposed the bill.

Sandoval said the bill would allowed “dangerous criminals to be prematurely released from prison” and increased the risk of Nevada citizens. He added the bill sent a message to offenders that the state was “soft on crime.”

–Senate Bill 188, which would have allowed prison wardens to establish 84-hour work schedules for correctional officers in each two-week pay period. Employees would have worked 12-hour shifts, three days one week, four the next. The prison employees union has been seeking these shifts for several years.

The governor said prison wardens already have the authority to experiment with variable work schedule, and 12-hour shifts have been considered.

“Senate Bill 188 unnecessarily encroaches upon managerial authority in an agency facing unique employment challenges and severe budgetary restraints,” Sandoval said.

Every senator, including 10 Republicans, voted for the bill, while 12 of the 16 Assembly Republicans opposed it.

Since most of the governor’s vetoes were made after the close of the Legislature at 1 a.m. June 7, votes by the Legislature to override his vetoes will not be made until the next session in 2013.

Before adjournment, legislative leaders decided not to conduct override votes on four vetoed bills. That means those bills officially are dead.
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Soft on crime? Nevada? This Bill was supposed to even exclude violent offenders. Has Gov Sandoval ever spoken with those who have been wrongly convicted? Or those who are stuck for years on end in a box with nothing to better themselves with? And does the governor think that people who committed a violent offense will rehabilitate themselves, be cured, be forgiven?

This Bill was even meant for those who have been convicted of a non-violent crime!

The risk to the Nevada citizens is that the people inside prisons are NOT reformed, are NOT able while inside to create a life away from joblessness, desperation, illnesses that are not (being) cured. Governor Sandoval creates more dangerous situations himself, plus those who opposed this bill.

Dear People, wake up and embrace those inside of good will and who want to be reformed, who ask for a change and who are willing to change. Punishing a person is not something we should do or tolerate for the rest of their lives. They must be reformed and cured and healed and returned to us. we must create the right environment here, and not wait ’til it is too late (when hatred has grown too much, or when death has arrived).

And for those inside on false convictions, false testimony, false witnesses, because of over-eager prosecutors, snitches, corrupt servants, surely there must come a day soon when this nightmare is over!

In strength, with Human decency and dignity…

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