Elizabeth, 53
Elizabeth, 53

Meet Elizabeth…

The majority, like myself, sit around all day and do nothing. Most of us don’t qualify for the two or three classes offered.

While most states across the country seek to reduce prison numbers, I believe the Nevada Department of Corrections are instilled in warehousing individuals. Assembly Bill 125, Amendment 1412, which passed the Assembly Committee but died in the Senate would have alleviated the Nevada prisons of warehousing low level, non violent inmates who were model inmates with no write ups.

Currently my prison, FMWCC, houses over 900 women. It is estimated that only about half – 350 actually work, attend educational classes, programs or  a drug rehabilitation program called STARS. The majority, like myself, sit around all day and do nothing. Most of us don’t qualify for the two or three classes offered. In addition five days per month is being added to individual sentences due to non attendance of classes, programs or STARTS and there is absolutely nothing I or any inmate can do to stop the practice.

Jean Conservation Camp, which used to provide workers for city projects and fire season, is now just another location for women to sit and do nothing all day.