Deputies don new duds

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Williams, wearing the department’s new uniform, stands Tuesday as he is introduced to commissioners by Sheriff Matt Murray during the Curry County Commission meeting. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sheriff’s deputies came to the Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday, then commissioners spent time in […]

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 […]

County toughening policy enforcement at fairgrounds

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Organizations participating in the Curry County Fair in August will have to present proof of liability insurance before they can set up booths. Curry County Manager Dick Smith told county commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting the policy has been selectively enforced over the years, but the new fairgrounds manager, Justus […]

Official: Inmate safety ‘balancing act’

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Curry County Adult Detention Center has an inmate population of around 230. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jails have an inherent threat of violence, which makes keeping inmates safe a challenge, according to Curry County Adult Detention Center administrator Leslie Johnson. Safety among inmates is in many ways […]

Baptism goes on the road

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Garvin Chandler, left, and Bob Norris lift the lid of the portable baptism tub they designed for use at the jail. Chandler, a farmer by trade, chose the tank and designed the lid with built-in baffle. Norris built a heating system. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Since inmates can’t […]

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 […]

Letters to the Editor: Warden deserves credit for jail successes

I think it is time the public has another viewpoint involving Curry County Detention Center. I have attended a majority of the County Commission meetings the past three years and, therefore, have been able to tour the Detention Center four times, the latest being Jan. 5. The vast changes that have occurred since Warden Leslie […]

Commissioners endorse jail plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A corrective action plan put in place in the aftermath of an inmate escape last month earned the stamp of approval of the Curry County Commission. Warden Leslie Johnson detailed policy and procedural changes during Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which include mandatory visual head counts and better documentation. […]

Local Roundup: Muleshoe teen killed in accident

By CNJ staff Nineteen-year-old Tyler Blake Sheets of Muleshoe was killed Thursday afternoon when the truck he was driving hit a tree on U.S. 84 about three miles east of Farwell, according to police. Dispatcher Kimberly Sherman of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol, said the accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. CST […]

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 […]

Nine inmates utilize ankle bracelets

CNJ staff There are nine Curry County inmates being monitored on an ankle bracelet program designed to reduce jail overcrowding and cut the cost of housing inmates. Only one inmate has violated the program in which inmates are released from the detention center and wear an ankle bracelet that tracks their movements 24 hours a […]

Detention center doctor deal done

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The county has hired a two-person medical staff in an effort to increase the overall health of the jail population and reduce ambulance transports to the hospital, county officials said. Dr. Les Donaldson, a Clovis internal medicine physician, entered into a contract with the county to provide health care […]

County will track low-risk inmates with GPS satellites

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County will track low-risk inmates with GPS satellites (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Adult Detention Center is implementing an inmate ankle-bracelet program monitoring that officials expect to begin Monday. Why: In an effort to reduce jail overcrowding and cut the cost of housing inmates. How it works: […]

County approves budget, balks on jail costs

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The Curry County Commission approved the $8,890,000 final operating budget for 2006-2007 at Tuesday’s meeting. According to Curry County Finance Director Mark Lansford, two-thirds of the budget is allocated for the Sheriff’s Department and Curry County Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers. Lansford said the money is used for employee […]

Women’s unit concerned about overcrowding at jail

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksDetention Officer Richard Glaucoe of Clovis waits for entry to the Adult Detention Center Thursday afternoon. Inmates say overcrowding is causing many problems at the facility. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Overcrowding in the women’s unit at the Curry County jail has led to supply shortages, but jail administrator Leslie […]

Jail adding library program

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County jail administrator Leslie Johnson said adding a library to the detention center is the first of several programs planned to re-educate and prepare inmates for productive lives on the outside. Borrowing books will be considered a privilege, she said. Inmates who display good behavior will be able […]

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 […]

12/4 Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: Bernardo Baca refers to a newspaper story promotion that referenced zoo animals and jail inmates being watched and fed on Thanksgiving. Paper’s zoo animal reference insensitive A recent inference that inmates are equal to the animals at the zoo is an outrage! I am very offended and cannot believe that you could be […]

Women make up more than 10 percent of Curry County adult inmate population

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Female inmates at the Curry County Adult Detention Center spend time in their pod last week at the center. There were 26 female inmates housed in one pod at the center last week. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer If Renee Jurado weren’t sentenced to spend six months behind the concrete […]