L.A. County might get more inmates

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By Jennifer Garcia

Los Alamos County might soon see an influx of inmates in their jail, following an agreement with Española for inmate confinement.

The agreement would allow inmates from Española to be held in the Los Alamos County Detention Facility on a short-term basis.

Española is in need of short-term incarceration for inmates arrested in the city or sentenced to confinement in the Española jail, due to the abandonment of the old detention facility.

The city is currently constructing a new jail facility, however, because of lack of space, some inmates are being transported to jails in Gallup, Grants and Farmington for short-term incarceration.

Housing inmates in jails that are so far from Española has not been cost effective for the city since Española is responsible for transporting the inmates to and from the jails, in addition to paying the detention centers a fee per inmate per day.

According to the agreement, Española inmates would be transported to Los Alamos by Española city police and would only be accepted on a space-available basis.

The jail superintendent would have discretion in accepting inmates and only adult male inmates would be accepted and no inmate detoxing from drugs or alcohol would be accepted into the L.A. County Detention Center.

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