State responds to suit involving psych assessments

State responds to suit involving psych assessments

CREATED Aug. 26, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada says a federal lawsuit filed against the state over slow psychiatric evaluations of inmates is moot.

In a response filed Monday, the attorney general's office argues claims by the three Clark County inmates are no longer viable because they have since been admitted to Lake's Crossing in Sparks.

The lawsuit filed in June by the Clark County public defender's office argued the inmates' civil rights were being violated because of long wait times to have them evaluated on whether they are competent to stand trial.

The suit argues that under a 2008 settlement reached in a similar lawsuit, the state agreed inmates should wait no more than one week for admission.

But defense lawyers say many inmates in Clark County have had to wait weeks or even months.