The Clark County Detention Center has 3,793 beds and is now running two to three hundred over this limit on a daily basis. Why? Because the North Tower is being renovated and it will be FOUR years before it is completed. What are they thinking?
The North Tower had 421 beds and did need renovation, as its infrastructure was old, but wasn’t anyone thinking about what to do during this time period?
Another factor affecting the over crowding, is the fact that the courts are taking longer to process the prisoners and therefore their stay in the detention center is approximately four days longer per person.
The solution has been to send prisoners to the North Las Vegas Detention Center at a cost of $10.00 per day per inmate. (That’s in addition to the basic cost to house a prisoner) Other prisoners have been sent to other facilities, which cost the same or more. According to a report on Channel 3 tonight, the county paid $17,188 recently for boarding for the prisoners they have had to farm out to other facilities.
Clayton Lockett kidnapped and shot Stephanie Neiman. she was only nineteen years old. After he shot her, he had an accomplish bury her alive. Did he deserve the death penalty. Absolutely. He had been in trouble with the law since he was nineteen and in my mind had no redeeming qualities. Wht he did was abominable. In fact, he should have been executed sooner. Why do taxpayers have to support those on death row for years while they appeal? He had been convicted in 2000…nearly 14 years ago while his family waited for justice and Americans paid for his food, lodging and court costs.
But, his execution should not have been botched. After receiving his lethal injection, instead of dying, he had a heart attack 20 minutes later. He was not given a cocktail including sodium thiopental, but instead a cocktail of midazolam, vecuronium bromide, and potassium chloride. If given enough potassium chloride, it will stop your heart so one wonders why the dose did not.
Am I sympathetic with Clayton? No, I just feel that the botched execution should be remedied so others to follow do not have the same experience. We are a nation that is supposed to be civilized and botched executions are not civilized.
I recently visited Beaumont USP. Before visiting, I did a little research on it and found that it has been one of the most violent prisons in the Federal Prison System.
At one point in the 1980’s, most of the prisoners had to be transferred due to the amount of violence on a daily basis. Currently, they have been on lock down for violence almost one week out of every four. The problem with that is, if an inmates’ family comes to visit, no matter how far they have traveled, they can not visit if the facility is on lockdown.
Wow! How is that fair to the family? they did not do anything and they may be visiting someone who had nothing to do with the incident that caused the lockdown. Well, yes, they are prisoners, but I am talking about the effect on the family. How much did they spend on gas or airfare or hotel to visit? Who will reimburse them? No one!
Incarcerated in this facility are some of the worst gangs around. There is the Black Hand (Mexican Mafia) Texas Aryan Brotherhood and the Boston Contingency. These inmates should get together and decide that the violence is not worth it because it ends up harming their loved ones. Not to mention, they get locked down too. I say this because it is apparent that the lockdowns have not solved the problem. Where are the people responsible for the prison? What measures are they taking to prevent the violence? What ever it is, it is not enough. They need to look for better solutions.