Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Booking Arrestees at New Jail Debated.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Olivier Uyttebrouck Journal Staff Writer

City Prefers To Continue With Downtown Center

The West Mesa location of Bernalillo County's new jail has city and county officials at odds over the need for a second booking center to cut down travel time for Albuquerque police.

City officials said Tuesday they fear a single booking center would force officers to spend hours shuttling criminal suspects out to the new jail, 16 miles west of Downtown Albuquerque. County officials contend a single book-in center will do the job more effectively.

Two Albuquerque councilors said in telephone interviews Tuesday they plan to introduce a bill directing jail officials to complete a report that would recommend sites for a second booking facility. …

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