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North Las Vegas to pay $6.8 million to house inmates at Las Vegas jail

Updated Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 8:46 p.m.

North Las Vegas to transfer inmates

KSNV reports that the cities of North Las Vegas and Las Vegas have come to an agreement that would have the Las Vegas Detention Center accept North Las Vegas Detention Center inmates to help North Las Vegas close a $30 million budget gap, June 20.

The Las Vegas City Council today approved an agreement to start housing jail inmates from North Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Detention Center.

Tim Hacker, city manager for North Las Vegas, said the change will help his city save about $11.5 million this year and about $16 million annually in future years. Financially strapped North Las Vegas is facing a $33 million budget shortfall.

Under the agreement, North Las Vegas will close its jail and move 240 male and 75 female inmates to the Las Vegas Detention Center. It will lease and operate one housing unit at the jail. North Las Vegas will pay Las Vegas about $6.8 million a year.

Hacker said the plan will preserve about 46 jobs, by having North Las Vegas corrections officers shift to the Las Vegas jail.

But about 80 to 85 corrections positions will be eliminated by closing the North Las Vegas jail, the city's police chief, Joseph Chronister, said.

Chronister said that number could drop because some officers are retiring and some might leave for other jobs.

At one time, the North Las Vegas jail housed as many as 1,000 inmates, many of them federal prisoners now held in a federal facility in Pahrump, he said. In more recent years, the jail population has dwindled to about 250 to 270 inmates, Chronister said.

Chronister said there will be no change for those breaking the law. If you commit a crime in North Las Vegas, “you will go to jail,” he said.

North Las Vegas City Council members unanimously passed the matter at its meeting Wednesday.

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  1. Glad to see positive measures to live within our means and thus save the city.

    I am sorry for those who will lose their jobs. They like everyone else have to live in that world. This happens over and over again, a never ending cycle. After Carter was elected defense shed millions of civilian contractors and direct employees. The same thing with Clinton when he took office.

    Whether a job is essential or not depends on if it's yours or someone else's.

  2. Let's see... doing the math ... it cost $72,380.95 per inmate, per year at the North Las Vegas Jsil, and only $21,587.30 per year for that same inmate in Las Vegas? Jeez... why wasn't consolidation done a long time ago? That's a savings of 335% !!!

  3. Now Let's Merge The Libraries, Fire and Police Departments,Parks and Rec, and Inspections and Permitting Departments Next. They already charge twice the cost of a simple building Permit in NLV as it's anywhere else. Plus they have Higher Property Tax rates.

  4. Anyone notice how you NEVER see the NLV Mayor - Buck?

    What a disaster. These people will put anyone in office just to hold a grip on power.

    We need to remove this group of people - we all know who they are - from office by voting them out!

    These idiots in NLV are the same ones who will put someone in jail at an expense of THOUSANDS of dollars because a person was late on paying a $100 traffic ticket. Yes, very effective way to get these "bad guys."

  5. @ unlv702 (Vegas Dlight)

    I remember years ago I was at a city council meeting in NLV with a bunch of other residents like myself that were there to protest the opening of a PT's Pub on Craig @ MLK. Buck wasn't mayor yet but was trying to make nice and side with the people and made a comment about how she and another council member (can't remember her name, but was a brunette whose election posters always had an odd grin) were having lunch in the area and driving around as they always do... And then recanted her story and said that it was just while researching the area for the PT's agenda item. It was strange, and I remember people asking each other, "Did she just say she doesn't spend time in the office every day?" and things to that effect. The City sided with the people so we were so happy that our attention got diverted away. But that always stuck with me...

  6. The salaries of the fire and police are so far from reality I don't understand how they "continue" to survive.This has to stop or everyone will be on the streets.Raises? they're damn lucky they got a job !!
    Budget cuts are across the board, no excepts. I rather see a few taken from here and there...the police and Fire Depts. don't see it that way.Pay and position promotions should have been the very first thing they FROZE for the next 2 yrs.
    No one Department should bare this cross alone.