Lincoln County?s contract with Clark County for housing overflow inmates at the Detention Center in Pioche will end Oct. 31, but Sheriff Kerry Lee is hopeful something can be worked out before that with the City of North Las Vegas.
He said he and Captain Gary Davis made an offer to North Las Vegas in September, ?but we have not heard back yet.? The city council is still mulling the offer.
Lee said if the offer to North Las Vegas does not work out, ?We are also exploring another option with Vegas Parole and Probation.? A teleconference with his office was held recently, but no decisions were made as yet.
He explained the offer the Detention Center made to North Las Vegas ?was pretty much the same as what we have been doing with Clark County. Basically, they are paying the City of Las Vegas almost twice what we would charge.? However, he said there is a problem in that Lincoln County cannot house all the inmates from North Las Vegas. ?Right now they have about 160 and we could only handle about 100 of those. So they still will have to have one contract that costs them too much money or two contracts that costs them less, but will have to have three agencies working together on the need.?
One of the major reasons Lincoln County cannot take all the prisoners from North Las Vegas, Lee said, ?is because they are having bookings and releases that are going on every day and we can?t be making daily trips to Vegas.?
North Las Vegas did build a new jail a few years ago, but it was not built very well and turned out not to be usable, ?so they closed it after the federal agency pulled out their contract,? Lee said. ?It?s a huge facility, but not broken down very well. If you open up one bed, you have to open all of them. Here in Pioche, we have pods that can be closed off from the others. They basically have to do all or none. And it becomes very cost prohibitive to just have few inmates there.?
Lee said he feels confident a contract with some agency can be worked out by the end of this year.