To make room for the women, he said, men from one floor of the jail were moved into the trailers.
“Everything I’ve heard is they enjoy being downstairs because they have outdoor recreation,” he said.
Medical concerns also influenced Kelly’s decision to move the women, he said.
“We’ve had the largest number of pregnant inmates ever in our history,” he said. “So having them closer to our medical staff is another important reason in my decision.”
There are currently 43 women in the Clark County Jail, Kelly said, and about 40 men were moved to make room for them.
The women will each have their own cell now, he said, which could avoid problems with fights.
“They could never get away from people they don’t want to be around,” he said.
The trailer units have been in place since 2003 for the women because the main jail, which was originally built to house 174 inmates, cannot fit all the women plus the more than 150 men it averages every day.
“We’re not going to build a new jail,” Kelly said. “So we’re going to make this one do.”
Adding enough space to the jail to provide 60 beds would otherwise cost between $2 million and $5 million, according to past reports from the sheriff’s office.