MDC set to reach settlement compliance goal by 2021

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Bernalillo County says it’s closer than ever to resolving a decades-long legal battle. 

In 1995, Jimmie McClendon filed a lawsuit on behalf of a group of inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center based on overcrowding. 

A settlement for the suit outlines 253 requirements the jail must comply with focusing on better mental health care, medical services and overall jail operations. 

Sunday, MDC announced it is now nearly 60 percent compliant. Officials there now say they’ll reach the full compliance goal by 2021.

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