Clark County Jail administrators hope to add personnel

first_imgFor the first time since budget cuts led to layoffs at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in the wake of the Great Recession, jail administrators want to use state money to relieve the pressure of a growing inmate population by hiring eight new corrections deputies and a jail commander.The move, which county commissioners will address today, would allow jail administrators to go forward with a plan to add up to 142 beds at the jail. The hiring of additional personnel would be paid for using an estimated $1.51 million over the next two years from the state Department of Corrections.That would allow the sheriff’s office to dedicate deputies to parts of the jail that have been understaffed. If authorized by commissioners, the hiring of new deputies would begin during the remaining months of 2014.The county has two contracts with the Department of Corrections. One is for housing inmates who have violated the terms of their supervision. The other provides 27 beds to work-release inmates. The latter accounts for the bulk of the money the county receives, said Norah West, a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections.Hiring more corrections deputies and a jail commander, who would be tasked with planning for a possible jail expansion, is necessary “to address the growing jail population,” Jail Chief Ric Bishop said. On average, the jail houses roughly 763 inmates a day, up from 720 in 2013.last_img read more