Assistant jail administrator resigns

Curry County is looking for a new assistant adminstrator for its jail. County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed Wednesday that Audrey Barriga resigned effective March 11 as assistant detention center administrator. Barriga could not be reached for comment. Barriga, a former employee of the Eddy County Detention Center, was hired in March 2006. She was serving […]

Inmate incident investigated

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County jail official said two inmates received medical treatment following an incident Monday that involved detention officers. Detention Center Chief Deputy Warden Audrey Barriga said the incident is being investigated by the Curry County Sheriff’s office. Barriga said there was a “situation” on Monday morning that involved […]

Guard charged with smuggling

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County Adult Detention Center officer was arrested Monday, charged with sneaking marijuana and tobacco into the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Raul Lopez, 23, told investigators he was having financial problems when an inmate offered to pay him to smuggle in the contraband, according […]

Commission approves all-female facility

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Chief Deputy Warden Audrey Barriga of the Curry County Adult Detention Center explains the changes that will take place to convert the annex into an all-female center. The renovation cost is estimated at $75,000. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners approved a re-design of the Curry County […]

Definition of prisoner determines funding

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Adult Detention Center officials said a recent ruling requiring the Department of Corrections to reimburse county jails for the cost of housing parole violators will only work in conjunction with changes in legislation. Deputy Chief Warden Audrey Barriga said county officials have been working with detention center […]

Inmates take on tasks

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An inmate trustee, left, is supervised by city maintenance worker Jeremy Burnett Tuesday while putting up decorations on the Christmas tree in front of the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Wearing orange jumpsuits quickly marking them as inmates, trustees from the jail perform tasks that save […]

County discusses system used to monitor inmates at home

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Two incarceration alternatives designed to lessen jail overcrowding were presented to the Curry County Commissioners during Tuesday’s meeting. Audrey Barriga, assistant detention administrator, addressed the commissioners regarding jail electronic home monitoring and pre-trial release. Barriga said the programs would save the county money by reducing the number of inmates […]