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Layoffs at North Las Vegas Detention Center

LAS VEGAS -- There will be dozens more looking for work in North Las Vegas after the city hands out layoff notices.

Forty-two detention center employees and corrections officers are being cut after the city lost a large contract. The North Las Vegas Detention Center will see 300 of its 800 inmates transferred to a brand new privately-run jail in Pahrump.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the Pahrump facility met their future expansion needs better, leaving North Las Vegas without federal money to pay for local jobs.

"The reduction in population at the jail will result in about $9.7 million annually for that facility," said North Las Vegas officer Chrissie Coon. "We're actually looking at layoff notifications going out to 19 corrections officers and 23 civilian personnel."

Corrections Corporation of America owns and operates the new jail. They say they've already hired the majority of the 230 people needed to secure the facility.

"I know two or three people," said Pahrump resident Robert Ottoson. "They were at minimum wage jobs and now they're paid enough to have a chance to make a living."

With Nye County's 16.3-percent unemployment rate, the jobs the facility adds to Pahrump are the talk of many in town.

"I know about three people who have jobs there. It's great -- they've been unemployed for about a year and now they're back to work," said resident Jessica McCutcheon.

The Marshals Service declined to state the competitive bids between Pahrump and North Las Vegas. The privately-owned jail opens by October 1. But in North Las Vegas, public employees are expecting layoff notices within days. There are a few positions still open at the new detention center in Pahrump.