Jail alternatives considered

Robin Fornoff Curry County leaders scrambling to control overcrowding and a burgeoning jail budget are taking a more serious look at two alternatives — community service and the decriminalization of traffic offenses. Jail Administrator Keith Norwood thinks it’s time Curry County had a community service or work release program, allowing people to serve their time […]

Women’s unit concerned about overcrowding at jail

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksDetention Officer Richard Glaucoe of Clovis waits for entry to the Adult Detention Center Thursday afternoon. Inmates say overcrowding is causing many problems at the facility. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Overcrowding in the women’s unit at the Curry County jail has led to supply shortages, but jail administrator Leslie […]

Candidate profiles: Curry County Commissioner

Frank Blackburn Party: Democrat Candidate for Curry County Commission, District 3 What is your background? I moved to Clovis when I was 4 years old. I lived in Melrose for a year and attended Clovis public dchools. I married Marcella, a lifetime resident of Clovis. We have lived west of Clovis all of our adult […]

State fire marshal’s office cautions against tent city

Ryan Lengerich A state fire official told Curry County commissioners on Tuesday the state won’t sign off on proposed tent housing for jail inmates. In early August, Commissioner Tim Ashley pitched the idea of housing nonviolent offenders in military surplus tents to alleviate jail overcrowding. Similar facilities have been used in Farmington where county officials […]

Jail overcrowding cuts into county coffers.

Jack King State financial woes and increased mandatory sentences for some offenses are contributing to overcrowding in the Curry County Adult Detention Center, said Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine and County Manager Geneva Cooper. In turn, overcrowding at the jail is contributing to a county budget shortfall and cutting into its indigent care fund, they […]