Jail officials compiling inmate costs for state reimbursement

Sharna Johnson The state is paying less than the costs its inmates incur at the Curry County jail based on recent calculations by jail administrators, who are trying to compile data to get reimbursed. In one quarter last year — from January to April 2010 — the cost of housing 19 inmates locally for the […]

Jail report: Nearly half of inmates ineligible for bond

li6e08-li6dzc317currycountyadultdet.jpg

File photo According to data released by the jail, nearly half of inmates are not eligible for bond and jail officials say probation and parole violators account for a large percentage of the jail’s population. Sharna Johnson Almost half the inmates at the Curry County jail do not have the option of bonding out. Jail […]

Detention officer one of six charged in drug exchange

lhi0gc-lhi0dv33mugdelacruz.jpg

Courtesy photo Detention officer Jaime de la Cruz was arrested Wednesday after sheriff’s investigators say he smuggled drugs into the jail in exchange for two hamburgers. CNJ staff A Curry County Detention Officer was one of six charged Wednesday after investigators said he took drugs to inmates in exchange for hamburgers. Three inmates and two […]

Press release: Detention officer, inmates charged for drugs at jail

On March 2, 2011, Curry County Sheriff’s investigators arrested and charged:

Arrests made in beating death of Clovis man in Hobbs prison

CNJ staff Three inmates were charged Wednesday in the Jan. 3 beating death of a Clovis man at a Hobbs prison. Martin Knief, 30, Lorenzo Mora, 30, and Christopher Morrisette, 31, have been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and intimidation of a witness. Paul Lasner, 31, was pronounced […]

Year in review: 2010 troubled year at jail

ledegh-ledeev11jail.jpg

File photo The Curry County jail had another troubled year in 2010, with an escape attempt and other issues. CNJ staff Escape attempts, mistaken releases and top brass walking off the job and forcing the sheriff to step in highlighted the year for an already troubled Curry County jail. Voters also overwhelmingly rejected two tax […]

Volunteers sought for jail GED program

CNJ staff Volunteers are being sought to launch a GED program for inmates at the Curry County jail. The program is possible through the recent donation of GED literature, according to a press release. Volunteers are needed to tutor inmates in reading, writing and math. Instruction will be conducted in small groups and one-on-one. Inmates […]

Letter to the editor: Inmates treated better than seniors

Do we really need a judicial complex? I say no, but that’s my choice. Maybe we should use the money for something else, and here is some food for thought: Let’s put seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This way the seniors would: • have access to showers, hobbies and walks; • […]

Jail footage released

Freedom New Mexico Curry County administration Friday released footage of two inmates eating lunch outside the jail July 27. The incident led Administrator Keith Norwood to fire the unidentified detention officer three days later. The two inmates in the video have been identified as Rico Sena, wearing a white bandana on his head, and Albert […]

Detention officer under investigation

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer who took two inmates outside the jail to have lunch earlier this week is under administrative investigation, Administrator Keith Norwood said Thursday. Norwood said he stumbled onto the trio Tuesday as they sat on the east side of the detention center, eating their jail-prepared meals. One of the […]

Jail volunteer training to be held

CNJ staff Christian Believers is hosting a training and orientation 6 p.m. Thursday for detention center volunteers. The training is for volunteers to work with Curry County Adult Detention Center inmates in both religious and educational fields. The training is at 209 W. 7th Street. Information: 763-1715

Jail seeking program volunteers

CNJ staff The Curry County jail is seeking volunteers to run programs and services for inmates. A training session will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the commission room at the courthouse. Administrator Keith Norwood said volunteer inmate programs are an integral part of working toward rehabilitation and reducing recidivism among inmates. “We need […]

Prisoners relocated to allow for detention officer training

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer More than a third of the inmates at the Curry County jail have been relocated to other facilities to allow for training of detention officers. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Monday the transportation of inmates is complete and there are approximately 165 inmates remaining at the jail, he said. Friday, […]

Curry detention inmates on the move

kzjlac-320prisonersrelocates2.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Detention officers oversee transfer of inmates Friday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. CNJ staff Numerous male inmates from the Curry County Adult Detention Center were loaded onto a corrections bus Friday morning. Sheriff Matt Murray has said he planned to downsize the jail’s population to make it possible […]

Jail security 101: Guards must watch inmates

Yes, by now most residents know the Curry County jail has structural problems that should have been resolved before it was built in 1993. Yes, by now we know how difficult it is to find trained, experienced correctional officers to work there, and stay longer than a few months. Yes, by now we are not […]

Inmates smashed holes in cinder block walls to escape

CNJ file photo Four inmates smashed holes through the cinder block walls in their cells during a Feb. 21 escape attempt. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Four inmates trying to escape from jail Feb. 21 tore a metal desk from a wall, then used the desk to smash holes through the concrete block walls […]

Officials split on inmate furloughs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Area officials are split on whether a system of releasing jail inmates on furloughs is working properly. District Attorney Matt Chandler said his office stridently and uniformly opposes furloughs unless an inmate’s life literally depends on it. “We don’t like them. The furloughs are not coming from us… “We […]

Juvenile detention center to expand capacity

kqib1r-924juveniledetentionce.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Juvenile Detention Center has increase its capacity by adding Dayroom East, which can hold six additional juveniles. For the first time since capacity was slashed by the state almost two years ago, the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center will be able to house more inmates. County Manager Lance […]

County commission prohibits jail notary service

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tying the knot behind bars just got a little more difficult in Curry County. Commissioners voted Tuesday to prohibit county employees at the jail from notarizing documents for non-employees, including marriage licenses for inmates. The policy was proposed by County Manager Lance Pyle, who told commissioners he was, “concerned […]

County Commission to discuss privatizing jail

The Curry County Commission will hold a special meeting Tuesday to hear about jail privatization and other issues from representatives of the New Mexico Association of Counties. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the County Commission room at the courthouse. In November, County Manager Lance Pyle said he was planning to […]