Assessment Finds Problems with Curry County Jail

Staff Report

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.