More than 20,000 people are presently incarcerated in Nevada. We desperately need funding and reforms to ensure humane conditions that properly transition people out of prison so that they may be successful after their sentence.*
Nevada can also do more to divert non-violent offenders out of prison, beginning with legalization of marijuana. Some Nevadans in prison have diagnosed mental illnesses, and many others understandably develop mental illnesses while incarcerated. It’s time to invest in our mental health system to avoid imprisonment where it is inappropriate and only leads to worse problems.