Kathleen Sandoval

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On Friday, Nevada's First Lady Kathleen Sandoval presented Assembly Bill 472, which would make several changes to the state's juvenile justice system. The governor's proposed budget includes $1.5 million to support the legislation, if it's approved by lawmakers. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Kathleen Sandoval to learn more about the reforms being considered.

During our conversation, Nevada’s First Lady highlighted three key components to the legislation, describing them as:

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Nevada is receiving federal assistance to help complete a thorough review of the state’s juvenile justice system. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports that the goal is to gather important data that will help the state refine its practices.

Nevada beat out 17 other states to receive technical help from the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization which will be conducting the review. 

Right now, juvenile arrests are down statewide and youth incarceration is at its lowest point in ten years.