Nevada lawmakers hold hearing on bill to ban private prisons

March 7, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have heard a bill that would ban private prisons in the state.

Bill sponsor Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno presented the measure to legislators Thursday morning in Carson City, Nev.

The legislation would require the “core correctional services” at each jail or prison to be performed by local or state employees.

Monroe-Moreno says Nevada has no private-run prisons at the moment, but the state once did and experienced “negative consequences.” She says the bill will have “no negative effect on any Nevada businesses.”

Former Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval previously vetoed a similar effort to ban private prisons, raising concerns the legislation limited the discretion of the director of the state’s Department of Corrections.

Some supporters of the bill argue private-run prisons have a financial incentive to keep people in prison.

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