Clovis Mayor Opposes Temporary Jail Plan

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - The mayor of Clovis is against a stop-gap measure aimed at easing jail overcrowding in Curry County.

Commissioners are weighing whether or not to sign a 10-year contract with a Georgia company that manufactures temporary jail facilities.

The Clovis News Journal says the structure is a 30-foot canvas building with a rounded roof that would be surrounded by chain fencing and razor wire. It is designed to accommodate 48 inmates and officials say the county would pay about $600,000 a year to lease it.

One site being studied would put the temporary jail downtown.

Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield says she understands the county's dilemma, but opposes the plan saying the jail tents would be unacceptable in the downtown area.

She urges the county to look at different options to ease jail overcrowding.