With permission of Nevada Prisoner Voice:
THE PJ (Prisoner Justice) CORNER
THE SET UP
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“This is about a young Nevada Department of Corrections prisoner going up against a prison administration. Prison officials must know that we have a high ranking institutional inspector who is, in my opinion, very dishonest.
I have served over 14 years at a maximum security Nevada prison, been on lockdown close to 13 years.
But, recently I had an opportunity to serve multiple life sentences at lower security prison where I got to work and got to be in the general population. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Nothing caught me more off guard at this newer facility than the youngsters they got in the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC).
When prison officials shut down Jean, they scattered these kids around NDOC.
I helped one of these kids get a job. I had met him going through orientation at the newer facility where I was also incarcerated. He was supposed to be going to camp shortly.
The guards knew I was helping most of the youngsters I befriended there to adjust, keeping an eye on them. Some guards used to ask me to tell certain youngsters to “Slow their Role” as they would be ripping and running around, being loud, yelling too loud.
Unfortunately, I was placed in administrative segregation this spring under investigation for allegations of “threatening” another inmate. Nobody would tell me who this inmate was.
A very long story short, all disciplinary charges were finally dismissed. I was again cleared for general population.
All due respect, the institutional inspector told me that all previously said charges would be dismissed. That would be in his report. He told me all this prior to the recent disciplinary hearing.
While sitting in administrative segregation, one young person that I had befriended, also came to be housed under investigation, too. At that time, he had no idea why he was under investigation.
The institutional inspector came to pay me a visit. He had me brought down in the unit office.
The escort officer leaves and he begins by saying “I need someone like you who gets along with everybody to infiltrate the drug trade on the yard and report to me and only me.”
I looked at him and asked, “You want me to snitch, tell on people?”
He said, “Yup, or sign a statement from time to time.”
I told him, “You’re F_______ crazy!”
He stated, “You’re going off the yard if you don’t.”
I replied, “The disciplinary chairman told me I am going back to general population.”
He said, “Nope.”
I said, “I’m done here.” And back to my cell I went.
Soon, I am once again taken to a meeting with him.
He tells me, “You remember what we talked about?”
I stated, “Not this again.”
He said, “The deal is, your little buddy thinks he’s slick.”
I said, “WHO?”
The inspector gave me the name, and then said, “You know him, right?”
I said, “Yes. He’s a close friend.”
He said, “All the better, you know what he is back here for.”
I said, “No, I don’t.”
He said, “Bull! Help me set him up and I’ll put you back on the yard, same yard, same unit you came from and your troubles will be gone and I’ll sweeten the deal with a pay number.”
I looked at him and told him to go F___ himself. I stood up and asked to be taken back to my cell.
About a week later, the inspector walked past my cell, took a step back, looked in the window and said, “Last chance.” I flipped him off.
Not long after that, I was transferred back to the maximum prison where I was before for over 14 years.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
This type of treatment to prisoners in the Nevada Department of Corrections must stop. This is abuse, and it is abuse by staff, staff who are given authority over the investigations of prisoners.
Young prisoners need to be supervised more closely.
It is my belief that over half of the prisoners in administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation are there because of the illegal tactics of institutional inspectors.
It is time that the public, viewers of this site and sites like these, speak up and write the Nevada government.
Prisoners are people, too. We need a voice.
Without your assistance young prisoners will be lost to society. The young are our future.
I am a prisoner in NDOC, with more to come…”