Fewer inmates crowding Bernalillo County jail

June 19, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials [auth] say the number of inmates at a jail in New Mexico’s most populous county has been dropping.

The Albuquerque Journal said Wednesday ( a report provided to Bernalillo County commissioners say the number of inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center has gone down 13 percent in the last five months.

The report says there was an average of more than 2,300 inmates in May compared to more than 2,700 in January.

County commissioners say cooperation between the courts, prosecutors and law enforcement contributed to the drop.

The county has been trying to improve conditions in the jail in response to a class-action lawsuit filed by inmates.

Under a court order, jail officials and lawyers for inmates will work on changes with the court’s jail operations expert..

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