Alternative punishment changes lives

Mike Linn For almost 30 years Terry Hileman described himself as a casual substance abuser, someone who would raise cheers with friends and co-workers in area taverns on the weekends. But two years ago, after the 48-year-old Albuquerque resident was arrested for his third DUI, he began to reevaluate that description of himself. On that […]

Temporary jails could be remedy to overcrowding

Jack King Faced with jail overcrowding and spending money to house prisoners out of county, members of the Curry and Roosevelt county commissions met with representatives of a portable building company on Thursday to discuss the use of temporary jail buildings. Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin, Curry County Commissioners Tim […]

County officials discuss new jail possibilities

Mike Linn Area county officials are entertaining the idea of funding a 2,000-bed jail that would house criminals from Logan to Lingo. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley is spearheading the idea, which he describes as a four-county cooperative to house criminals from Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties at a central location near […]

Overcrowded county jail forced to transfer imates

Tony Parra If three is a crowd then what does 76 mean? Unfortunately that number means overcrowding for the Roosevelt County Detention Center. The facility has a 58-person capacity, so currently many of the 76 inmates are crammed three to a cell and some are having to sleep on the floor, county officials said. “We’ve […]

Getting dirty to get out early

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Mike Linn A new program allowing Roosevelt County inmates to work off jail time is also promoting shrewd spending of taxpayer dollars, county officials say. The voluntary program started on Monday and allows misdemeanor offenders to earn good time in jail for picking up trash, pulling weeds, trimming and mowing on county property. The hours […]

Public Record June 22

Here are dispositions of court cases recorded recently in Magistrate Court: •Benjamin Pacheco, 39, guilty of aggravated driving while intoxicated (first); and no insurance and driver’s license. He will serve two days in jail and 90 days of supervised probation. •Christy Martinez, 27, guilty of issuance of worthless checks and is ordered to pay restitution […]

County jail seeks renovations

Mike Linn Excessive problems with the Roosevelt County Detention Center, such as periodic overcrowding, have prompted county officials to seek vast renovations to the 15-year-old jail facility. Roosevelt County officials on Tuesday hired NCA Architects from Albuquerque to study the possibility of either expanding the current facility or replacing it altogether. “It’s really a lengthy […]

Curry inmate dies of overdose

By Darrell Todd Maurina An inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Facility died early Sunday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center after swallowing methamphetamine, according to a report released Tuesday by the Clovis Police Department. Martin Smith, 22, of Clovis, is the second inmate in less than a year to die of a drug […]