Curry detention inmates on the move

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Detention officers oversee transfer of inmates Friday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center.

CNJ staff

Numerous male inmates from the Curry County Adult Detention Center were loaded onto a corrections bus Friday morning.

Sheriff Matt Murray has said he planned to downsize the jail’s population to make it possible to have detention officers sent to training.

County Manager Lance Pyle said the inmates will be housed in Texas facilities, where the county pays about $40 to $44 per day.

Pyle referred questions regarding the transfer of inmates to the sheriff’s office

Detention officers on hand during the transfer Friday would not comment.

Efforts to reach Murray for comment were unsuccessful.

Murray took command of the jail Feb. 21 after the near escape of four inmates prompted the resignations of Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz and several members of his command staff.

Murray later told county commissioners he had discovered detention officers had received little to no training and many had not had so much as an orientation class.

Pyle said $100,000 — about half of a what remains from a more than $500,000 budget set aside for improvements at the jail — has been earmarked to house inmates elsewhere.

As of Tuesday, Murray reported the jail’s population at 265 inmates, 172 of whom were male.