The Associated Press
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Curry County officials say that despite a report criticizing the current jail, improving it is the best approach because they don't have the money to build a new one.
An August assessment identified multiple security issues -- including what the report calls an "abysmal" structural facility.
The assessment was done after eight inmates escaped August 24th.
Two remain at large.
Officials said the inmates stole a key to a plumbing shaft, climbed up pipes and cut a hole in the roof with handmade tools.
The assessment acknowledges Curry County's jail suffers the same ills of many other detention centers -- including staff shortages, overcrowding, physical facility problems and operational issues.