If predictions are correct, the population of Washoe County will nearly double in the next decade. As the population increases so will the need to house additional inmates, resulting in a potential need to double the capacity of the Washoe County Jail.

An extraordinary  number of inmates are addicted to drugs, alcohol or are mentally ill. Those diagnosed with a mental illness frequently are not compliant with their medications and often self medicate with drugs or alcohol in order to gain control over their lives. This can ultimately lead to homelessness or a life of crime to support their addictions. These lifestyles almost always lead to police involvement and incarceration.