67°F
weather icon Clear

Corrections Department turns to distance learning

The Nevada Department of Corrections is providing adult education and postsecondary education to its offenders thanks to distance learning strategies established with education providers throughout Nevada.

“Distance learning is important because it allows offenders to continue their education within the restrictions we’ve put in place for health and safety reasons,” said NDOC Director Charles Daniels. “Offenders can continue their education, which helps transform them into better people and better prepares them for re-entry into our communities.”

During normal NDOC operations, educators teach offenders in classrooms at the facilities. COVID-19 necessitated NDOC move to modified operations, which included a temporary restriction on visitation as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of the virus.

To overcome this challenge, Nevada’s education providers are working with NDOC in order to carry out distance learning in creative ways.

For offenders at Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center and High Desert State Prison, professors at the College of Southern Nevada offer real-time lectures, allowing them to ask questions and maintain class dialogue. Western Nevada College offers the same process for offenders at Northern Nevada Correctional Center and Warm Springs Correctional Center.

Public school districts in Clark, Elko, Humboldt, Lincoln, Nye, Pershing and Washoe counties are delivering course materials to their partner facilities. White Pine County School District teachers email assignments to Ely State Prison, Nevada’s only maximum-security prison, which are printed and delivered to offenders. Truckee Meadows Community College delivers course materials to offenders at Northern Nevada Transitional Housing, and Great Basin College delivers its materials to offenders at Lovelock Correctional Center. “Distance learning allows us to provide education opportunities while also limiting the number of people who come into our facilities,” said Brian Williams, NDOC deputy director of programs. “Our top priority is the health of staff and offenders at our facilities.”

Distance learning would not be possible without NDOC’s correctional officers, who set up and supervise classrooms, email offenders’ completed assignments back to their professors and distribute those responses to the offenders. NDOC wardens have made it a priority to ensure staffing can accommodate distance learning.

“I’m grateful for our staff for making this happen,” said Kim Petersen, NDOC education division coordinator. “I’m also grateful that our education partners are continuing their important work. We know that educated offenders are less likely to return to prison.”

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Extension wants to match small businesses with help

This week’s University of Nevada, Reno Extension town hall and webinar will help small business owners learn about organizations that exist to help them grow.

Event aims at boosting rural entrepreneurship in state

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development is partnering with StartUpNV, Entrepreneur’s Assembly, Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority, business leaders and other government entities, in a new statewide initiative to foster entrepreneurship in Nevada’s smaller cities and towns.

Nevada gets $47 million in federal highway funds

The Nevada Department of Transportation has secured $46.8 million in additional federal highway spending authority for statewide road projects through the redistribution of Federal Highway Administration fiscal year-end funds. It marks the largest amount of such funds obtained by Nevada in a single year.

Sisolak orders flags to fly at half-staff to honor Ginsburg

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered the U.S. flag and state flag t0 be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and state public buildings and grounds to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.

USDA extends waivers for WIC benefits during COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday announced the extension of more than a dozen waivers ensuring participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children continue receiving the food and health support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eric Trump to stop in Pahrump on Thursday

Eric Trump is set to lead a “Make America Great Again” event in the Pahrump Valley on Thursday as the days before the 2020 election wind down.

Unemployment claims up, continued claims fall again

Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation show initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 8,332 for the week ending Sept. 12, up 381 claims, or 4.8%, compared to last week’s total of 7,951 claims.

Final EIS released on 3K-acre solar project near Pahrump

The Bureau of Land Management prepared a Final Environmental Statement (EIS) for the Yellow Pine, a 3,000-acre solar project about 10 miles southeast of Pahrump, according to the notice published in the federal register.

Missing paraglider found dead in central Nevada

James “Kiwi” Johnston of New Zealand was found under a tree after a passerby spotted Johnston’s paragliding chute blowing in the wind while driving near Fish Creek Range in Eureka County.

Anti-mask group holds rally at governor’s home

The No Mask Nevada PAC planned a rally against Nevada’s mask mandate at the residence of Gov. Steve Sisolak at 4:30 p.m. Monday.