Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Jail Pledges To Control Crowding.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

Facility Numbers Hover Near Mandated Limit

A day after the Bernalillo County Detention Center barely squeaked under a court-ordered population limit deadline, jail director John Dantis said he's optimistic the lockup can continue to keep its numbers in check until a new jail opens up.

For months, the population of the main jail in Downtown Albuquerque has exceeded a 586-inmate monthly average mandated by U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez often going over that limit by 200 or more inmates. But Vazquez in late September demanded the jail trim its population back to no more than 586 prisoners by Monday.

Dantis said Tuesday that the final count at 11:30 p. …

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