There was no opposition to a proposed ban on private prisons in Nevada when the bill came before a committee of lawmakers this morning.
Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno, D-North Las Vegas, is amending the bill to bring down the anticipated price tag of almost $85 million and to give the prison system time to transition. A retired corrections officer, Monroe-Moreno said Monday that she’s seen the need for improved services and criminal justice reforms.
“The use of for-profit prisons can be a temporary fix if necessary, but it is not the ultimate fix for the overcrowding issues and other problems that we have in our criminal justice system,” she said.
Monroe-Moreno said for-profit prisons are a big business. “It kind of incentivizes having people be incarcerated more often, having longer sentences,” she said.