Shakedown conducted at jail

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Department conducted a shakedown Monday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. The search of inmates, cells and the facility started early in the morning and continued throughout the day, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. He said Monday night he was waiting for reports from investigators and details […]

Curry jail administrator resigns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County jail administrator Keith Norwood resigned effective Tuesday, saying it was time for a change and he was going bow hunting for big game. Robin Fornoff Curry County jail administrator Keith Norwood resigned effective Tuesday, saying it was time for a change and he was going bow hunting for […]

Jail alternatives considered

Robin Fornoff Curry County leaders scrambling to control overcrowding and a burgeoning jail budget are taking a more serious look at two alternatives — community service and the decriminalization of traffic offenses. Jail Administrator Keith Norwood thinks it’s time Curry County had a community service or work release program, allowing people to serve their time […]

Commissioners to consider concepts for new jail

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Commission will consider concepts for a new jail under a lease plan presented during a special meeting Tuesday. Since November — when voters defeated two $16.5 million bonds aimed at building the first phase of an estimated $90 million jail and courthouse — the county has been exploring options to […]

Portales woman charged with bringing contraband to jail

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Portales woman was arrested earlier this month on charges of bringing tobacco, pills and marijuana into Roosevelt County Detention Center. Stephanie Warren is charged with bringing contraband into a jail, a fourth-degree felony. According to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reports: • About 11:20 a.m. July 2, a deputy went to […]

Jail tops county departments in budget growth

Sharna Johnson The jail tops other Curry County departments in budget growth with the county commission leading the way for growth of expense budgets. In the last five years — with a 33 percent increase — the jail has the largest growing budget among Curry County departments. With a growth rate of a little more […]

Commissioners approve preliminary budget

Sharna Johnson In a unanimous vote Tuesday, commissioners approved a $12.1 million preliminary budget for Curry County despite concerns over the jail’s out-of-county housing costs, commissioner expense budgets and oversight of capital outlay purchases. The final budget has to be approved and submitted to the state by the end of July. During a presentation of […]

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Clovis man charged with torturing animal A 32-year-old Clovis man is in jail on a felony charge of maliciously torturing an animal after police say he stabbed his sister-in-law’s dog. Benito Chavez is being held without bond for an unrelated probation violation, records show. A woman called police around 3 a.m. May 17 and said […]

Citizens’ committees given three-month extension

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Thursday to seek an architectural study to remodel the postal building and gave jail and courthouse citizens’ committees a three-month extension. The unanimous votes came during a special meeting held in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Proposing both, Commissioner Bobby Sandoval said he believes the county […]

DA, jail administrator at odds on furloughs

Sharna Johnson A weekend medical furlough that ended with an inmate leading police on a high-speed chase through Curry County is an example of jail officials acting outside the scope of their duties, according to the district attorney. But the jail administrator says it’s ultimately up to the judge. Justin Steelman, 32, was released April […]

Steelman recaptured

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Steelman’s vehicle was rammed by a sheriff’s deputy vehicle to force him to a stop. Liliana Castillo Curry County Detention Center absconder Justin Steelman, 32, was recaptured after leading police on a high speed chase today from Clovis to Farwell, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The Curry County sheriff’s office […]

Weekend jail absconder sought

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Courtesy photo Jail officials say Justin Steelman failed to return from a weekend medical furlough. Sharna Johnson A 32-year-old man who fled from a traffic stop and evaded police for a week is being sought again after failing to return to jail from a medical furlough over the weekend. Justin Steelman was released from the […]

Citizens’ committees to ask for extension

Sharna Johnson The primary recommendation jail and courthouse citizens’ committees will most likely make Tuesday is that they be given more time — but they also have a backup plan of general recommendations. Tuesday is the deadline the Curry County Commission gave to two citizen committees tasked with coming up with solutions to address crowding […]

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 […]

County showcases jail changes

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Inmate Michael Padilla said when he was involved in an alleged escape attempt in February 2010 it was because conditions at the jail had become unbearable, but Thursday he said things had improved greatly at the jail and his behavior has not been an issue. Sharna Johnson Sitting calmly at […]

Jail, courthouse committees holding public meeting

CNJ staff Curry County’s Citizens’ Courthouse and Jail Committees will hold a public meeting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. An architect and detention experts will speak on issues of detention liability and an assessment that was done of the existing jail in 2008 following the escape of eight […]

Jail report: Nearly half of inmates ineligible for bond

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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 […]

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

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

Commissioners discuss inmate housing, reimbursement

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File photo Tuesday, Curry County Commissioners discussed ways to recoup inmate housing costs along with other issues surrounding jail costs. Sharna Johnson Discussions among Curry County commissioners about the jail Tuesday centered on housing inmates out of county as well as options for getting reimbursed for inmate costs. Reimbursements for housing state Department of Corrections […]

Committees hear plan for temporary jail

CNJ staff Members of Curry County citizens’ committees studying jail and courthouse issues saw a presentation Thursday for a stop-gap measure to address overpopulation at the jail. The presentation was given by Proteus, an Atlanta company that manufactures temporary detention facilities, while entities try to fund and build permanent facilities. If approved by Curry County […]