Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gov. Should OK Prison Oversight.(Opinion)


Having witnessed numerous episodes of violence and mismanagement at the Torrance County Detention Facility over the last few years, area residents should be grateful that a couple of state legislators from our area are taking the lead in pushing for more state oversight of private prisons in New Mexico.

Reps. Rhonda King and Ron Godbey have introduced a total of three bills calling for more state control of private prisons like the one in Estancia. The three measures have been combined into a single act that is expected to be debated on the House floor this week.

The bills would involve state officials in the operation of private lockups, regardless of whether the inmates held there are from New Mexico or not. …

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