Sandoval County jail renovations reduce number of inmates

New Mexico
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The Sandoval County Detention Center will soon be reducing the number of federal inmates. This comes as the county works to make much-needed renovations. 

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the county commission voted to reduce the number of detainees as a safety measure. The next phase of the renovations requires empty cells.

The Journal reports that In 2018, then interim director Chris Urbanic requested help from the commission for the issues within the jail such as faulty cell doors and a lack of jail cameras. Sandoval County Commission then passed two gross receipts tax increases in order to help pay a $5.9 million loan for the facility’s remodeling.

The population of the jail must be reduced in order to allow for further construction. The commission says the construction needs to be done to avoid any legal troubles due to the aging jail. The renovations could take an additional two years. 

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