Roosevelt detention center administrator leaves for new job

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Detention Center administrator has left to take another job. County Manager Charlene Hardin said former administrator Don Burdine’s last day was Saturday. Assistant Administrator Charles Perez is filling in until the county hires a permanent replacement for Burdine. “I just got an opportunity to join with some Realtors on […]

Lady Buff energized

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Melrose junior post Toni Burdine, above, said she looks to her sister as not only a role model, but also as a driving force to succeed. She has helped Melrose to an 11-8 record this season. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Melrose junior post Toni Burdine spends most of her time organizing her many after-school […]

Jail officials cracking down on contraband

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A inmate uses the phone Wednesday in the annex of the Curry County Adult Detention Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Commonly confiscated contraband in the Curry County Adult Detention Center includes letters between inmates, tobacco, drugs, crude knives, tattooing devices and ink, as well as dried fruit and vegetable […]

County starts search for jail administrator

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County faces a tough task in finding a new jail administrator, according to County Manager Dick Smith. The annual salary for the position is about $50,000 plus benefits, according Smith, which is below the national average for the position and could make finding a candidate slightly harder. “We […]

County detention center administrator resigns

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said he resigned Friday because he felt county officials lacked confidence in his management skills. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office administered an unannounced search of the jail at 7 a.m. Friday at the request of Curry County Manager Dick Smith and County Commissioner […]

County might house Quay juvenile inmates

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Juvenile Detention Center could be housing Quay County juvenile offenders in the near future, officials said Monday. Curry County Manager Dick Smith said even though no official contract has been signed, Curry County has agreed to house Quay’s juveniles. Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine was a […]

‘Prison loaf’ used as deterrent

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Adult detention centers in Maryland, Virginia, and New York — just to name a few — are using prisoner palates to curb bad behavior. Now New Mexico can be added to the list. Following a suggestion from the prison kitchen manager, Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine […]

Detention center budget focus of commission meeting

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The Curry County Adult Detention Center’s continued financial drain on the county budget once again dominated discussions at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. According to Curry County Manager Dick Smith, 65 to 75 percent of the county’s budget is already being poured into the detention system because of continued […]

Inmate numbers dropping

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The jail overcrowding that has taxed the county budget for the past few years may be starting to ebb, according to jail administrator Don Burdine. There are nearly a hundred fewer Curry County inmates today than just two months ago, the jail administrator reported at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. […]

County makes jail smoke free once more

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The Curry County Adult Dentition Center will once again be smoke free. The County Commission unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that will return the county jail to a non-smoking building within 90 days. The jail facility is the only county building that is not smoke free. Curry County officials cited […]

Jail overcrowding growing burden on county

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Curry County Adult Detention Center Director Don Burdine stands before the commission at each meeting and reads a list full of numbers chronicling how many inmates are incarcerated in and outside of the county. In 2002, he said those numbers averaged about 170 inmates. Last week he reported 340 […]

Jail officers receive pay raise

Ryan Lengerich Adult detention center officers were given a 10 percent raise by the Curry County Commission when officials were told staffing at the facility was dangerously low. Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said Tuesday significant staffing problems may result in sending more prisoners out of county or risk security problems. Burdine […]

Tents purposed as solution to jail overcrowding

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County could cut its jail overcrowding problem by housing nonviolent offenders in military surplus tents with air conditioning and portable toilets, according to County Commissioner Tim Ashley. That’s assuming the state fire marshal approves. Ashley told commissioners about his experience visiting the jail in Farmington, where he […]

Prisoner slips hospital; still at large Saturday

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two men on medical furlough from the Curry County Adult Detention Center have walked away from Clovis’ hospital in the past two weeks and face felony escape charges, jail administrator Don Burdine said on Saturday. One prisoner remained at large on Saturday night, officials said. Jail records show Edgar O. Perales, […]

County adding isolated jail cells as part of annex

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Curry County maintenance supervisor Lee Delk demonstrates how to open the food slot on an isolation cell. The county will receive 27 cells to be installed at the new jail annex. CNJ photo by Eric Klut By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER The 27 steel isolation cells intended for use at the county’s new adult […]

Lack of state standards both a blessing and curse for county’s jail

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A detention center inmates shirt hangs from the door as other inmates play basketballFriday at the jail. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer When it comes to jail standards, state law allows New Mexico’s 33 counties to do pretty much whatever they want as long as jail practices don’t […]

State monies not allocated for county jails

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A inmate walks through pod 6 as he heads to the recreation room Friday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Now that New Mexico is no longer a frontier state, when you catch a cattle rustler, it isn’t appropriate to string him up from the nearest tree. You’ve got to […]

Detention center prisoners get to be a handful over weekend

By Jack King Two altercations involving prisoners at the Curry County Adult Detention Center over the weekend have resulted in at least $4,000 worth of damage to the jail and an injury to a guard, Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said today. One incident forced guards to call in Clovis police officers for backup, who […]

Commissioners funnel $500,000 in to jail funds

By Jack King The Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to transfer $500,000 to the county’s financially burdened Adult Detention Center. The money comes from the county’s special events center fund. But commissioners emphasized it does not come from bond money approved by voters in 2001 for the construction of a proposed events center. Instead, it […]

Public Record 8/22

Compiled from court records from Aug. 14 through Aug. 20 Divorces – Jerry Lee Reid from Heidi Christine Reid. – Donald Wayne Burdine from Melba Ray Burdine. – Naomi LeClear from John LeClear. – Cesar Rodriguez from Dulces Nombres Artalejo. – Darrell Boney from Patricia G. Boney. Marriage Licenses – David Mathias Robert Bell, 32, […]