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1980s Settlement Agreement Heads to Improved Conditions in Nevada Prisons

The state of Nevada has agreed to a comprehensive settlement agreement that will improve conditions at all Nevada prisons.

Billy Shapley and other Nevada state prisoners filed a class action suit against Nevada prison officials alleging that their First, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution were violated by various Nevada state prison policies and procedures. Prison officials agreed to settle.

According to the settlement, Nevada will renovate existing facilities, limit overcrowding, provide educational, work, and recreational opportunities, improve classification procedures, and improve sanitation, fire safety, and medical services.

The plaintiffs were represented by Washoe Legal Services and the ACLU National Prison Project. See: Shapley v. O’Callaghan, USDC, D. Nev., No. CV-R-77-0221-ECR.

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Shapley v. O’Callaghan

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