Created: 04/11/2014 7:12 AM
By: BARRY MASSEY, Associated Press
SANTA FE (AP) - Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel says New Mexico is looking for a private prison company that can house more female inmates in the future but there's no immediate plan for a larger women's prison.
Marcantel told reporters Thursday after a legislative committee hearing that the agency is requesting proposals from private prison contractors, which must have the capability to handle up to 850 female inmates to meet possible future needs.
The current prison in Grants has about 600 beds for inmates and is operated by Corrections Corporation of America.
The department is soliciting bids from companies because a contract to use the CCA prison expires in June 2015.
The New Mexico Sentencing Commission has projected that the female inmate population will reach about 800 in 2023.
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