Should prison released non-violent inmates to save money?
One wing of the North Las Vegas jail was closed and 70 non-violent inmates were released after dozens of workers -- covering 49 shifts -- called in sick, police said Friday.
"That's unsustainable for us," said Sgt. Tim Bedwell of North Las Vegas Police. "We don't have the personnel to continue that long term and we don't have the money to pay the overtime to fill the positions for days on end."
The announcement came one day after city officials confirmed they were considering downsizing the jail due to North Las Vegas' ongoing budget crisis.
At the time, the city said there were between 200 and 250 inmates at the jail, and about 150 corrections officers and support staff.
The head of the police officer's union, which represents the corrections officers, says it was not a sick out or "blue flu".
"There's been no organized effort," says Michael Yarter, president of the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association. "Whatever corrections officers called in, that was on an individual basis. We don't condone that. If we had known about that prior to it happening, I would have definitely told them not to do that."
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