Did you know that if you are arrested and questioned by law enforcement in Nevada, officers can choose whether or not to record the interrogation?
Last week Propublica wrote about the case of Fred Steese who was wrongfully convicted of a 1992 murder in Las Vegas after falsely confessing during an unrecorded police interrogation. He spent 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit and the real perpetrator is still unknown.
The Nevada State Senate is now considering Assembly Bill 414, which would protect against false confessions by requiring police to record interrogations for the most serious crimes. Law enforcement is fighting against this commonsense transparency measure because they “don’t want the legislature telling agencies how to do their business,” even if that puts innocent Nevadans at risk. On the Assembly side Republicans voted against the bill.
Now the state Senate is considering the legislation, and we need your help. Please contact your Senator and ask him or her to support Assembly Bill 414 to prevent wrongful convictions in Nevada.