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

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

Curry jail seeking accreditation

CNJ staff Curry County is one of two counties seeking jail accreditation. Curry and Chaves counties have entered the Adult Detention Professional Standard Council’s accreditation program, a joint initiative of the New Mexico Association of Counties and the New Mexico Municipal League, according to a press release from the NMAC. Once accepted into the program, […]

Bailey County detention officer on leave pending investigation

CNJ staff A Bailey County, Texas, detention officer is on leave pending an investigation into allegations he engaged in sexual relations with a female inmate and brought contraband into the jail. Sheriff Richard Wills said Tuesday after he was “informed of some accusations against a jailer.” The officer in question was placed on leave and […]

Roosevelt detention officer faces embezzlement charges

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County detention officer is facing petty misdemeanor embezzlement charges, accused of stealing prescription drugs from an inmate. Carolina Gonzalez, 27, of Clovis is the second detention officer this year to be accused of stealing drugs from inmates. Detention center Administrator David Casanova said Gonzalez stole the pills the night of […]

Letters to the editor: Consultants agree jail outdated

Consultants agree jail outdated It appears the Clovis News Journal and some citizens place most of the blame for the deficiencies at the courthouse and jail on past commissioners and past and current management. I would like to interject this thought into the argument: If we could get the U.S. Justice Department to find the […]

Roosevelt County jail population up

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Jared Tucker: Jared Tucker Inmate population at the Roosevelt County Detention Center is up from this time last year, according to detention center officials. The total number of inmates incarcerated in Roosevelt County was 108 as of Thursday afternoon, a significant increase from 78 on the same day in 2009, according to jail officials. Cpl. […]

Contraband reports up at jail

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Adult Detention Center has seen a spike in contraband discoveries the past two months, timed with the launch of inmate work details at the facility. During July and August, detention officers patrolling the outside and public areas of the jail have found and turned over about a dozen contraband items […]

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 fired last week, county manager says

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer has been fired for taking two inmates outside the jail to eat last week. Tuesday, County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed the detention officer was fired Friday by jail Administrator Keith Norwood. The detention officer has not been identified. Norwood said the two inmates were taken outside the jail […]

Two detention officers walk off job

CNJ staff Two Curry County jail detention officers walked off their night-shift jobs Wednesday, Administrator Keith Norwood said. Norwood said three officers still at the jail from a prior shift volunteered to continue working until others could be called into relieve them. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said he and two deputies also responded to the jail […]