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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) joined with state Supreme Court Justice Michael Douglas and legislative leaders in announcing a comprehensive review of the Silver State’s criminal justice system. In a statement, the governor’s office said the goal of the review was to develop “data-driven policies to better protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control growing corrections costs.” The review will be carried out through the state Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (ACAJ), with a goal of developing policy recommendations to be considered during the 2019 legislative session.
Sandoval said the state’s prison population grew 11 percent from 2010 to 2016, driven in part by a “staggering 35 percent increase” in the number of women behind bars. That has led to a corresponding 14 percent spike in the state corrections budget, which stands at $347 billion for the 2019 fiscal year.
“Smart criminal justice is a priority for my administration and I am confident that we can find ways to both make our communities safer and cut the growing cost of Nevada’s corrections system,” Sandoval said. (ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS, NEVADA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT)