Prison abuse pales compared to torture

Walter Williams It’s the end of the semester at George Mason University, and for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been too busy preparing final exam harassment for my students to pay much attention to all the news stories about how U.S. soldiers were torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. Now that my spring […]

Americans who abused Iraqis must be made to pay

The photographs of American soldiers abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners of war at the Abu Ghraib prison — a site synonymous with Saddam Hussein’s regimen of torture — cannot be dismissed as the result of insufficient training, as some of the perpetrators of these acts have described it. One doesn’t force naked prisoners onto a […]

Curry County: No gay marriages here

By Jack King, CNJ STAFF WRITER Resolution is third among counties in state banning issuance of same-sex licenses. The Curry County Commission unanimously approved a resolution banning the issuance of same sex marriage licenses Tuesday, making it one of at least three commissions statewide to take the step. The Roosevelt County Commission passed a similar […]

Curry County officials approve bids for work on annex to house 70 extra inmates

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Overcrowding at the Curry County Adult Detention Center has caused the county to move inmates to jails in the panhandle of Texas. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Faced with soaring numbers of jail inmates and plunging financial reserves, Curry County commissioners voted Wednesday to consider issuing $1.3 million worth of gross receipts tax revenue […]

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 […]

Adult detention center overcrowding makes hole in Curry County funds

By Jack King Curry County is facing a $1.3 million shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year, due mostly to the cost of housing county prisoners out of state, officials said. County Manager Geneva Cooper told commissioners on Tuesday that preliminary figures for the 2004-2005 budget show the county with total revenues of $5.7 million, but […]

County joins jail-expense lawsuit

By Jack King Officials: Housing state prisoners is ruining budget. Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit aimed at forcing state officials to pay the costs of housing state prisoners in county jails. It asks the court for a declaratory judgment that the defendants are liable for the cost of housing prisoners charged […]

Governor’s veto slows jail annex

By Jack King Curry County Officials have been working for at least a year and a half to turn a former fitness center into a jail annex that could help relieve crowding at the Adult Detention Center. Now a veto by Gov. Bill Richardson and high bids from local contractors have put the center’s completion […]

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 […]

Overcrowded jail still a drain on county resources

By Jack King Budget problems and the financial demands of the adult detention center continue to raise concerns at a Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday. The commission turned down a request by Plains Regional Medical Center to increase the county’s contribution to the sole community provider program, citing budget concerns and a deficit in the […]

Just a prayer away: Make God No. 1 in ‘04

Judy Brandon Christmas is now over and naturally our thoughts turn to the new year. With only a week left in 2003, I think back over this year and know that there were times that I disregarded God in my life. I think that I must not be alone. Two or three years ago an […]

Sheriff proposes ways to escape prison costs

By Jack King Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has asked the New Mexico Sentencing Commission to consider proposals that would lessen the cost to counties of housing state prisoners. The New Mexico Sentencing Commission, formerly the state Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Committee, advises the state executive, legislative and judicial branches on matters of criminal […]

Temporary jail buildings considered

By 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 […]

County officials consider jail option

By 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 […]

Random thoughts on the passing scene

Thomas Sowell If you have a right to respect, that means other people don’t have a right to their own opinions. My computer operating system is so out of date that people don’t even write viruses for it any more. If the debate among candidates for governor of California did nothing else, it gave a […]

Guantanamo spies should have been avoided

Mona Charen This ought to shut up our European detractors who’ve been screaming that we are torturing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Not only do we provide the inmates there with medical care, surgery, dentistry, reading matter, familiar and religiously permitted foods, copies of the Koran and religious services — we’ve also provided spies. Two, at […]

Curry County Detention Center overcrowded

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CNJ Staff Photo: Eric Kluth Detention officer Patricia Rodriguez monitors prisoners in pod four Tuesday at the Curry County Detention Facility in Clovis By Jack King The Curry County Detention Center is overflowing again, Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine told county commissioners at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The adult detention center was designed to house 208 […]

County OKs events center bid

By Jack King The Curry County Commission awarded a contract for architectural services for a county special events center at its Tuesday meeting. The contract went to LPDJ Architects of Bountiful, Utah, but is contingent on the successful negotiation of a contract between the county and LPDJ and on approval of technical language in the […]

Ceremony remembers the fallen

By Darrell Todd Maurina With a black flag in the background commemorating prisoners of war and those missing in action, four somber airmen in camouflage uniforms walked slowly across the stage. Just moments before, 27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Robert Yates had drawn loud applause by reminding those in attendance at Saturday’s Cannon homecoming celebration […]

State may see bills for prisoners

By Jack King A Curry County commissioner has called on counties statewide to start billing the state Department of Corrections for the counties’ expenses in housing state prisoners. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley proposed billing the state department during a meeting of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week in Gallup. The NMAC’s […]