ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Director of the Second Chance rehabilitation center isfiring back after a News 13 report on Wednesday.
Director Joy Westrum is angry after Albuquerque police claimedthe facility snuck out 40 inmates ahead of a deadline to reportthem.
The city made a mistake. Those 40 people bussed downtown onWednesday were from the Albuquerque Rescue Mission which shares abuilding with Second Chance.
However Albuquerque Public Safety Director Pete Dinelli saidhe's confirmed eight other people were taken out of Second Chanceon Wednesday.
They were in van, last seen leaving the city limits onInterstate 40 headed west, according to Dinelli.
"What I wanted was an accounting of the individuals that werethere as of last week, and apparently they are deliberatelydeciding not to include those eight individuals," Dinelli said."And to me failure to disclose is just as good as lying."
Dinelli spent part of Christmas Day reviewing documents handedto him by Second Chance on Wednesday, the deadline the city imposedon the drug and alcohol treatment facility.
He wants to know if Second Chance is abiding by the terms of itslease.
Dinelli said the documents reveal at least eight of the 46inmates currently at Second Chance have been convicted of violentcrimes.
"The lease is very clear that you can only have minimum ormedium secured individuals," he said. "In all likelihood, I'm goingto recommend that we terminate their lease and evict them."
The public safety director said that there's another clearviolation. He said Second Chance built a large sauna inside thefacility and there is no record the addiction treatment center everapplied for the proper permits.
On Thursday afternoon, Director of Second Chance Joy Westrumdelivered a statement to News 13, saying Second chance transferred11 inmates out this week for various reasons.
The statement also said that Westrum's confident that she'sacting within the terms of the lease.
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