Sex offenders to be sent to Otero County facility

Posted at: 02/18/2013 10:31 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico prison officials in early March will begin moving the first of 288 violent or predatory sex offenders to a privately run detention facility in Otero County.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that corrections officials believe the move will save money and provide better treatment options for sex offenders, while key lawmakers have questioned the wisdom of putting sex offenders in what they described as a "county jail."

A legislative committee has questions about whether the private firm that operates the facility can securely house the prisoners.

The firm also was in charge of the Kingman, Ariz., prison when three prisoners broke out in 2010.

New Mexico prison officials say they are confident the Otero County facility will be secure.

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