Clark County Jail seeks funding to prevent inmate suicides


So far this year, three inmates have committed suicide in the Clark County Jail using the bed frames in their cells.

It’s a major concern for corrections officials, so now they’re asking county leaders for more money to prevent future deaths.

Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins has submitted a request to the county council asking for an extra $833,000 over the next two years to make changes.

Jail Chief Ric Bishop says the money will be used to replace metal bed frames in the cells, improve the TV system to broadcast suicide prevention messages in common areas and purchase devices to put on at-risk inmates to monitor their vital signs.

Bishop says being in jail can be a traumatic experience and they need to provide the safest environment possible.

“People coming to jail are finding themselves unexpectedly in jail, facing some pretty tough decision. They’re fairly vulnerable and sometimes make some poor choices,” said Bishop. “We know we have an obligation to help people and we’re here to do that.”

Jail officials will find out if they get the funding when the council votes on a new budget in December.

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