ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County officials say the county's inmate population is getting close to the design capacity of its jail amid a pending deadline.
Officials told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/155lo61) on Friday that the chronically overcrowded Metropolitan Detention Center had about 2,300 inmates. That's near the jail's designed capacity of 2,236 inmates.
The troubled Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque has by Sept. 1, to come up with a plan to reduce its inmate population.
Jail spokeswoman Nataura Powdrell says an emergency-response team is moving inmates to jails in Sandoval, Torrance and Polk counties. Polk is in eastern Texas.
The Bernalillo County jail system has been the focus of a federal civil-rights lawsuit since 1995.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com
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