Las Vegas, NV - September 14, 2015 - The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has sought input from the U.S. Department of Justice to help find a solution to curb overcrowding at the Clark County Detention Center.
LVMPD will work with the USDOJ Office of Justice (OJP) Diagnostic Center to examine the factors at the root of overcrowding at the CCDC. Over the coming months, the center will gather data and examine changes in Las Vegas Justice Court bail schedule, bail bondsman fee increases and staffing volume. Analysts will recommend solutions to relieve strain on staff and improve safety for both staff and inmates.
The CCDC has hit an all-time high. Last year, CCDC averaged 3,900 inmates a day, with a 23.3-day length of stay. That hovered above the national average of 22.9-- commonly considered a long average.
“Given the problematic issues we face in our operational capacity, the DOJ’s technical assistance will be invaluable to helping us management our inmate population,” said Deputy Chief Charles Hank, head of the Detention Services Division. “We hope we can also better utilize existing reentry and social service programs to reduce recidivism.”
The LVMPD is very excited for this opportunity and appreciative of the OJP Diagnostic Center and community justice partners (Clark County District Attorney, Clark County Public Defender, District Court and Justice Court Judges and Clark County Manager) for engaging with us in the endeavor.” LVMPD has successfully partnered with the USDOJ once before to put reform measures in place to reduce Deadly Use of Force incidents.