ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Bernalillo County thinks it has a solution to its jail overcrowding problem and that is to make the state take more inmates.
The county is asking legislators to pass a law that would send any person convicted of a felony to a state lock-up not the Metro Detention Center.
They also want the state to take anyone convicted of a misdemeanor who is sentenced to more than 180 days.
Right now any inmate sentenced to less than a year goes to MDC.
The county's top public safety official, Tom Swisstack says the plan would save a lot of money.
“It would begin to put the jail at a bed capacity,” Swisstack said. “We would then not have to ship as many people as we do, which is approximately 600 people that we have at different facilities, both in state and out of state, to the tune of about $6.8 million.”
Corrections officials are not saying if they support the plan. For one thing, they don't know how much additional cost they would face if it's approved.
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