A forecast from the state sentencing commission says New Mexico’s prison system will have more inmates in the next few years than it currently has cells to hold them.
The head of the commission presented the forecast this week to members of a legislative committee focused on the courts, corrections and criminal justice.
While the growth of New Mexico’s prison population has slowed, the state is bucking the national trend as its total prison population continues to grow.
The correction system is projected to hold 7,192 men by the 2024 fiscal year. That will exceed current capacity by more than five dozen. The number of women in the system is expected to surpass capacity that same year.
The report shows many New Mexico inmates are in for violent crimes and drug offenses.