Corrections cause more confusion

A friend of mine was going shopping with a friend. She was concerned she’d get to talking with a friend and would forget to pick up a specific item she needed the next day unless I texted her during the trip. I waited about 30 minutes, texted, “Dozen eggs.” She texted back, “Love you.” I […]

McGee: Corrections officers deserve salute

One of our area jails has a new guy in charge. That can’t be an easy job. I mean, on one hand you’re basically working for a committee, and on the other, you’re sitting on top of what is, for all intents and purposes, a pressure cooker. I had a brief career as a corrections […]

Press release: Portales man sentenced for second-degree murder

Portales, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Isaac Montano, Jr., age 48, was sentenced to serve twenty (20) years in the Department of Corrections for Second Degree Murder and Armed Robbery.

Press Release: Two from Clovis convicted of trafficking

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Metzger, age 38, was convicted of one (1) count of Trafficking Methamphetamines, a second degree felony, and sentenced to three (3) years in the Department of Corrections. Additionally, Anna Goodwin, age 38, was also convicted of one (1) count of Trafficking Methamphetamines, a second degree […]

Press release: Roosevelt County names jail administrator

Roosevelt County announced today that David Casanova has been offered and accepted the position of detention administrator. Casanova brings to the county several years of corrections knowledge and experience through his various positions within the corrections field. He will begin employment with Roosevelt County on Dec. 21.

News release: Portales man sentenced to maximum for home invasion

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Joel Zertuche, age 19, was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections.

Prison population peaks: 1 in 100 Americans in jail

The Associated Press NEW YORK — For the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America’s rank as the world’s No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars. Using state-by-state […]

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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 […]

THE COST OF INCARCERATION: Taxpayers are paying a heavy price for crime

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In Curry County to house one inmate at the detention center burns $50 in taxpayer money per day. To educate and care for one child in area schools, costs $29 per day. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Every day in Roosevelt and Curry County, taxpayers pay more to house […]