NM county officials criticize critical report

Posted at: 01/22/2014 9:25 AM
Updated at: 01/22/2014 1:31 PM
By: The Associated Press



ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Bernalillo County officials are critical of a report that's critical of the county.
    
The report prepared by a consultant hired and since terminated by the county finds many faults with the county's criminal justice system.
    
Those include jail crowding that the report blames on large numbers of non-violent offenders jailed after being arrested for minor crimes.
    
Consultant Alan Kalmanoff also says the bail-bond industry holds away over officials in the criminal justice system.
    
County officials held a news conference Tuesday to respond to Kalmanoff's report.
    
They'd already terminated his contract before his report was complete, but the Albuquerque Journal reports that Kalmanoff finished it anyway.
    
Deputy County Manager Tom Swisstack said the report's findings aren't justified.

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