The rise in fatalities occurring in our detention facilities is unacceptable. It needs to become a priority among all Washoe County Sheriff’s staff to reduce the number of preventable deaths in our custody. Not only is this our responsibility, it is a basic human right that cannot be compromised!
The Washoe County Detention Center was one of the first Direct Supervision Jails in the U.S., proving to be a successful model for the care and custody of inmates. The principles practiced by deputies under the Direct Supervision model allowed staff to consistently monitor, interact, and intervene in the lives of inmates more directly. These frequent interventions provided deputies with the information they needed to identify inmates who were experiencing suicidal thoughts or required assistance with life threatening medical conditions.
Due to budget cuts and an increase in inmate populations, Washoe County is no longer practicing the principles of Direct Supervision as designed.