The Nevada Department of Corrections is run by the State Board of Commissioners. The State Board of Commissioners is made up of three people according to Article 5, Section 21 of the Nevada State Constitution:
The Governor and Secretary of State are the minimum needed for the Department of Corrections to transact business. The Governor holds the top position, while the Secretary of State is charged to keep full records of all of the proceedings and transactions that the Board makes.
The Board has complete power over everything that has anything to do with the Department – the labor, grounds, buildings, and more. It’s their duty to:
The Department Director
The Director of the Department, who is also the Fiscal Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, is appointed by the Governor and responsible to the Board. The Director of Nevada’s Department of Corrections currently is James Dzurenda.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
They must be well-trained, highly experienced, and have a high aptitude in the field of corrections.
Conditions of Employment
They will be paid an annual salary fixed by law. In 2019, the salary was hovering around $143,000 per year. They cannot, however, hold any other job while working as the Director. Part of this is because statewide travel is required.
When I initially met with Mr. Wooldridge, he took the opportunity to sit and go over my problem with me. He described details in my case which he found disturbing and explained why he I should have him on my side.
The Director has many duties, some of which include:
This way, the person with these duties has the authority, as noted in NRS 289.220, to chase down and apprehend escapees, escort and transport prisoners, exercise control over prisoners, and more.
The Director can choose to implement a training program in each facility and institution to train the correctional staff as he pleases.
The Director and Delegation
A manager, warden, deputy director, or any other employee of the Department can exercise any of the Director’s power, functions, or duties in his name as he so chooses. When he vests this authority on someone, the official act they perform in his name or his authority is legally considered an official act of the Director.
List of Released Prisoners
The Department Director must turn a complete list of each freed prisoner and discharged parolee into each county clerk by the fifth day of every month. Each month’s list must include the name of each prisoner and parolee that were released or discharged the previous month and the case number for each offense attached to each released or discharged person.
Government Agency/Private Organization Agreements
As long as the Board approves, the Director has the authority to enter into any agreement with a private organization or another government agency to fulfill these statutes.
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