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Appeals court rules inmate’s good behavior credits had value

June 25, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s appeals court says a 60-year-old former state prison inmate is eligible to recover the value of 48 days of good behavior credits that were taken from him without a hearing just a month before his release in 2015.

A 2-1 ruling by the state Court of Appeals sends Darryl Gholson’s civil rights action back to Clark County District Court for a damages hearing.

The Nevada Appeal first reported the ruling. It was issued Thursday, after Gholson argued the credits he earned were arbitrarily taken away.

The two judges said a judge in Las Vegas erred in agreeing with prison officials that Gholson had no constitutional rights to employment in prison or to parole.

The appeals court said Gholson had a “liberty interest” in the credits he had earned.

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