Bernalillo County OKs plan to transfer prisoners

Posted at: 05/15/2013 10:18 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Hundreds of Bernalillo County jail prisoners will be transferred to lockups outside the county in order to relieve crowding in the county jail in Albuquerque.

The County Commission deadlocked 2-2 on a similar transfer plan last month but voted 4-1 Tuesday night to send about 300 inmates to jails and prisons elsewhere through June 2014 at a cost of about $7.4 million.

Possible destinations include jails in Sandoval and Cibola counties.

County officials had warned that a federal judge could order the county to transfer even more inmates to help resolve a civil-rights lawsuit that centers on jail conditions.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that commissioners stressed that transferring prisoners is intended only as a temporary measure.

The commission wants to use court programs to reduce the jail population.

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