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Senate Passes Bill Allowing Residential Confinement For Certain Offenders

Nevada lawmakers passed 54 pieces of legislation Tuesday ahead of a deadline next week. Bills must be out of their originating house by April 25.

One of the bills passed by the Senate, which now goes to the Assembly, would let offenders who are older or in poor health serve out their sentences in residential confinement.

The Nevada Independent reports that under this bill the Department of Corrections can reassign offenders to residential confinement or other supervision to finish their sentences if they are in poor enough physical condition that they are not a risk to the public. 

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Other conditions that would allow this special confinement are terminal illness or being over the age of 65, providing the individual has not been convicted of certain crimes and has already served most of his or her sentence.