Santa Fe County considers closing juvenile detention center

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Officials are inching closer to the closure of the Santa Fe County Juvenile Detention Center.

The county commission asked detention center staff to look into a closure plan if it is needed. Commission Vice-Chair Anna Hansen says it stems from rising costs and a dwindling number of inmates. She believes it would benefit the detainees if doors were shuttered.

“We could provide better services for the youth and detention by transporting them to Bernalillo and having a better outcome,” Hansen said.

Commissioners will continue to hold meetings to discuss the issue.

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