How does the State Corrections Department deal with budget cuts. Furloughs for guards might mean furloughs for prisoners as well. Not so far but there is a running battle between the department and the governor who want to close the state prison in Carson City and the Attorney General and Secretary of State who insist that it should stay open. And the recent lockdown at Clark County Prison has the guards association complaining that the state's prisons are dangerously understaffed. We talk with the Director of the Corrections Department Howard Skolnik about how the prisons are operating with a shrinking budget.
Howard Skolnik, Director Nevada Department of Corrections
These deficiency reports speak of the need for outside oversight. Yet, NV officials resist even the thought of having prison ombudsmen.
It is difficult reading to realize that third world health conditions like these exist in the USA. We don't need individuals exiting NV prisons bringing diseases with them that could have been cared for, cured.
The suicides alone show lack of mental health care. Officials have stopped releasing the death list. I wonder why. Taxpayers deserve to know who is dying and why. What are they hiding?
To read the full Ely medical settlement to understand the reality of this situation, go to this link: