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 […]