Make Assembly Bill 236 Retroactive

Make Assembly Bill 236 Retroactive

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Tyria Brantley started this petition to Governor Steve Sisolak and

This petition is hereby created on December 1st, 2019 by Nevada Department of Corrections inmate Bryan Harrison 1156123. I, Bryan Harrison, on behalf of all non-violent offenders currently incarcerated in the NDOC, call Governor Steve Sisolak to make an executive order that the provisions of Assembly Bill 236 be made retroactive. A.B. 236 is a comprehensive 160 page bill revising almost all non-violent offenses and lowering the sentencing structures of those offenses. However, inmates convicted before the enactment or effective date of A.B. 236 will not be effected by these revisions. Only inmates convicted after the enactment of this bill will be sentenced under the new non-violent statutes of Nevada, leaving inmates currently incarcerated serving longer sentences than the new offenders. In 2018, from July to December, Nevada's Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (ACAS) with the help of the Crime and Justice Institute, conducted a review of the State's criminal justice system and used criminological research and Nevada's own criminal justice data to inform and motivate the development of comprehensive crime and recidivism-reduction strategies. In doing so they discovered that nearly half of the NDOC population consisted of non-violent offenders, majority of which being first time offenders. It also revealed that since 2012 inmates serving more time for their crimes and also that most of the sentences administered are drastic in comparison to other states. For example, NRS.453.3385 (3) Nevada's high level schedule 1 drug trafficking statute states that any offender that traffics 28 grams or more will serve a mandatory minimum of 10-25 years or 10 to life. Other states have much higher thresholds for the weight level that constitutes trafficking while administering way less time. After all, this is a non-violent crime, not a violent offense that would be deserving of such time. The state of Nevada has finally come to terms with its costly and disproportionate sentencing practices. However, as of now, Nevada only aims to taper NDOC’s rapid growth in population to avoid having to build a new prison that would house the 1000 inmates that the Crime and Justice Institute projected Nevada would see in the next 10 years if significant changes were not made. Nevada wants to save money but does not wish to help the approximate 5,000 inmates who have been over sentenced under Nevada’s archaic statutes. For example, the schedule 1 high level trafficking statute previously mentioned has been revised. Instead of 28 grams or more constituting high level trafficking, NRS.453.3385 (3), states that 400 grams or more constitutes high level trafficking and is consequential to 8-20 years. In fact, anything under 100 grams is no longer considered trafficking. Instead, it is now rightfully considered possession. So nonviolent offenders who have been classified as traffickers for only 30, 40, or 50 grams of a schedule 1 substance are ineligible to be reclassified as being in possession of 30, 40, or 50 grams which is now consequential to a 1 to 10, 2 to 15, or a 3 to 15 year sentence. Not an indefinite 10 year minimum. Nevada only thinks of monetary value instead of making sure every inmate benefits from any progressive change that is made. So for all of those who have read this petition , I, Bryan Harrison on behalf of all non-violent offenders currently incarcerated in the NDOC, ask that you participate in supporting this petition by way of electronic signature and sharing with friends and family. To Governor Steve Sisolak, I, Bryan Harrison, pray that God puts it on your heart to consider the lives, families, and futures of the approximate 5000 inmates that A.B. 236 would help if made retroactive. As a new administration I encourage you to not be contaminated by those who only wish to benefit from the monopoly that mass incarceration provides. Instead I encourage you to be Governor Steve Sisolak, a governor who is unafraid to change Nevada for the better, even if it means losing a few bucks. Non-violent inmates need direction and guidance not violent offender time structures. I encourage you to have faith that all is not lost when it comes to any offender. We are not our mistakes , instead we are the potential that is recognized after we learn from those mistakes. As a family oriented  man I know that you can empathize, we only wish to return back to our normal lives. So please Governor Steve Sisolak give an executive order to make a A.B. 236 retroactive. Thank you and God bless, Bryan Harrison. 

 

 

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