Lower Nevada Department of Corrections Restitution Deduction Rate

Lower Nevada Department of Corrections Restitution Deduction Rate

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Jahna Range started this petition to Nevada Board of State Prison Commissioners and

My name is Jahna and my husband is incarcerated in the state of Nevada where he owes in restitution. Nevada Department of Corrections is taking over 80% of money put on inmates’ accounts who owe in restitution. This is a combination of restitution from the facility, victims’ restitution, court fines, and savings fees. This is not money that he has made from working a job in his facility; this is my hard earned money that I give him for basic necessities such as hygiene products and food.


The Nevada Department of Corrections adopted Marsy’s Law as an amendment to the state constitution in 2018 as reasoning behind the need to garnish that money in restitution from some inmates. Attorney General, Aaron Ford, said during a meeting that he believes that a 50% deduction rate still complies with Marsy’s Law, and that there is some precedent of other states, like California, using that same rate. However, Nevada Department of Corrections fails to mention that on top of that 50% they take over 30% more than what is considered in compliance with Marsy’s Law for additional restitution. 

 

My husband can not make ends meet. He can’t buy personal hygiene for himself in the middle of a global pandemic, nor can he buy food to supplement the incredibly small portions of food the prison provides him because 83% of each amount of money that I put on his account is taken. 20% is in house restitution, 50% for victims’ restitution, 3% for court fines, and 10% because he doesn’t have his savings account full. What I would normally pay to get him what he needs, I now have to pay 5 times that amount just for him to be able to purchase those exact same items. I have to do this all the while trying to provide for myself and pay my living expenses as well on a single income. This is not fair to us and we need change. Not just me, but the thousands of other people with loved ones in the Nevada Department of Corrections. This is the only way that we can show our loved ones that we care and the NDOC is making it financially impossible to do so.


Please sign this petition in support of lowering the restitution deduction rate by the NDOC!

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