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Clark County

April 1, 2013

Early bids entered in 2014 Clark County prosecutor race

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Bottorff said as prosecutor, he would also have to contend with the steady flow of offenders booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

“This is another issued of public resources, and how you spend those resources,” he said. “The problem is every case that you have is different.”

He said each new offender must be treated on a case-by-case basis. He said polices must be continued, and possibly adjusted, to determine if that person is a likely to flee before a subsequent court hearing or is a possible risk to the community.

“The way to really impact the jail population is to move the cases along more effectively and more quickly,” he said. “I think you will find the vast majority of people that are in the jail are pretrial, meaning that they are awaiting trial. If you are effectively managing your human resources and you are effectively moving your case load along, that is going to have a direct impact on the jail population.”

He said as prosecutor he would also take steps to modify currently policies to make cases move quickly and smoothly.

“For every person that is sitting there [in jail] awaiting trail, that is money that is being paid out in the county and it is a liability concern. It is a major expense for us as a county. I will strive to make sure we are moving those cases along,” he said. “A lot of arrests get made, and I don’t know that you can impact the arrests that are made, but you can impact the processing of those arrests once they are made.” 

Bottorff also commented on his stance toward those offenders who fail to make court-issued child support payments, an issue, he said, that can affect an entire community.

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