San Juan Co. jail official worry about furloughs

Posted at: 10/14/2012 1:16 PM
By: The Associated Press

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Officials at the San Juan County jail say they're worried about furloughed inmates bringing contraband back into the jail.

Jail records show judges have allowed more than 300 inmates to take furloughs for various reasons this year. They include medical treatment, to attend funerals or seek work.

The Farmington Daily Times reports Sunday that records show most requests are granted.

Adult Detention Center administrator Tom Havel says returning inmates have been caught smuggling drugs and other items. He's worried about security.

One returning inmate was found with a tattoo gun hidden in a body cavity and later collapsed. Jail officials suspect a package containing drugs broke inside his body.

Five inmates failed to return from furloughs this year and were charged with attempted escape. 

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