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Nevada Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Bill To Ban Private Prisons

CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have heard a bill that would ban private prisons in the state.

 

Bill sponsor Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno presented the measure to legislators Thursday morning in Carson City, Nev.

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The legislation would require the "core correctional services" at each jail or prison to be performed by local or state employees.

 

Monroe-Moreno says Nevada has no private-run prisons at the moment, but the state once did and experienced "negative consequences." She says the bill will have "no negative effect on any Nevada businesses."

 

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Former Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval previously vetoed a similar effort to ban private prisons, raising concerns the legislation limited the discretion of the director of the state's Department of Corrections.

 

Some supporters of the bill argue private-run prisons have a financial incentive to keep people in prison.