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Sandoval County no longer seeks court order to release non-violent detainees

KOB Web Staff
Updated: March 24, 2020 05:25 PM
Created: March 24, 2020 03:04 PM

Sandoval County, N.M. – Sandoval County will no longer ask a court to allow non-violent detainees to be released in an effort to keep staff and other inmates safe from COVID-19.

According to a spokesperson for the county, the county joined with law enforcement agencies and local governments to take steps to move several inmates to other locations. The county also requested for local judges to review conditions of release for detainees.


The efforts to lower the number of people house at the Sandoval County Detention Center included:

  • Members of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) moving approximately 40 detainees to other federal facilities, or other tribal authorities finding other facilities to house their detainees
  • 10 detainees were released back to Valencia County
  • 10 detainees were sent to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County for active warrants out of Albuquerque ·
  • 18 detainees had conditions of release addressed by Sandoval County Magistrate Court and other local judges or the detainees completed their local sentences

The county said the moves allowed the Sandoval County Detention Center to lower its inmate population from 208 to 130.

The county is now able to place one inmate per cell, according to a representative for the county.

They plan to keep the jail population below 120 men and 48 women for the duration of the health emergency.

"I think Sandoval County and every jail around the state has further they can go," said Ben Bauer, chief public defender. "But this is a good start."

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