ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Bernalillo County commissioners say putting more prisoners on the streets is the only option right now to reduce an overcrowding problem at the Metro Detention Center.
This comes after the commission shot down a proposal Tuesday night.
Commissioners did not pass the proposal to allow county money to ship 300 MDC inmates to other state jails.
Now, hundreds of inmates could soon be released back into your neighborhood on the Community Custody Program that was tainted by scandal in 2010.
The jail's population has been at around 2,500 for the past several weeks.
MDC has to reduce that to around 2200 inmates, or possible face court action because of a 1995 lawsuit.
One county commissioner was not present Tuesday night to vote on the proposal.
That left the commission voting two-to-two on the proposal, shooting it down for now.
Commissioner Wayne Johnson voted against the money.
Johnson says he's okay using CCP, or the ankle monitor program right now.
He says changes have been made to the program since 2010 o make sure only non-violent eligible inmates are on it.
"That is something that we need to get past…we've been trying to establish the trust with the judiciary and the public from that incident if you will," Johnson said.
Johnson says while the proposal Tuesday night asked for just under $2 million, another $6 million in tax dollars would have to eventually be added to keep the inmate shipments going.
Commissioner Johnson says the overcrowding problem at MDC is a much bigger issue and is pointing the finger at the courts, D.A.'s office and defense attorneys.
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