Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Guards' Lawsuit Advances.

Byline: Jennifer Archibeque Journal Staff Writer

High Court To Hear Estancia Jail Case

A lawsuit brought by guards from the Estancia prison is now in the hands of the state Supreme Court.

The lawsuit, filed in 1999 by five correctional officers and three of their spouses, alleges that the guards were injured because the private prison operator, Corrections Corporation of America of Nashville, Tenn., intentionally placed them at risk by failing to comply with industry standards.

The suit names as defendants the Torrance County Detention Facility, CCA, two of its former employees and Torrance County.

The lawsuit cites several instances of inmate violence against correctional officers at the Estancia prison from 1998 to 1999. …

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