NEVADA’S IMPRISONMENT RATE IS 15 PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE WITHOUT IMPROVING PUBLIC SAFETY OR REDUCING RECIDIVISM. IT’S TIME TO GET SMART ON CRIME WITH ASSEMBLY BILL 236.

Evidence-Based Reforms 

Nevada’s prison growth has forced spending more than $347 million on corrections in fiscal year 2019, rendering the state unable to invest in treatment and services. As these costs continue to grow, the state’s recidivism rates remain poor and communities are not any safer. 

State leaders charged the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice to take a deep look at the state’s criminal justice system and create comprehensive crime and recividism-reduction policies narrowly tailored to respond to Nevada’s data. 

This bill will: 

• Improve responses to individuals with behavioral and mental health needs. 

• Address sentencing disparities. 

• Apply evidenced-based practices to community supervision. 

• Target opportunities to reinvest in our state for the next generation of Nevadans. 

Why Nevada Needs These Reforms

 • Nevada incarcerates women at a rate 43 percent higher than the national average. 

• Sixty-six percent of people admitted to prison in Nevada in 2017 were sentenced for nonviolent crimes. 

• Four out of 10 people sentenced had no prior felony convictions. 

• AB 236 uses evidence-based reforms to focus criminal justice policy on violent and career offenders while reducing recidivism rates and improving public safety through more effective and less costly strategies. 

• AB 236 is based off of the 25 recommendations developed by the Crime and Justice Institute after spending 11,000 hours studying Nevada criminal justice data.

Contact your legislators to urge them to support AB 236.

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