Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Officers On Loan Leave Lockup.(Final)

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

Problems Plague Jail in Silver City

LAS CRUCES -- The state Corrections Department on Monday pulled back about half of the officers deployed over the weekend to the beleaguered Grant County Detention Center, but a state administrator will remain to oversee the jail until at least July 1.

''We plan to develop short- and long-term goals,'' state Corrections Secretary Joe Williams said in a telephone interview while visiting with Grant County officials Monday in Silver City. ''We are not taking over the jail by any means. We are strictly in an advisory and support role.''

The Grant County manager requested state help last week after the latest in a series of jail problems, including several inmate escapes, prisoner unrest and a suspicious fire over the last year. …

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