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Chaves County to consider closing down its only juvenile detention center

Faith Egbuonu
Updated: November 07, 2019 06:40 PM
Created: November 07, 2019 06:16 PM

ROSWELL, N.M.- Chaves County is considering closing down its only juvenile detention facility in the county.

Some are not happy about the possibility, while others believe it makes sense.

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Roswell Mayor, Dennis Kintigh said closing its doors is a cause of concern for the community.

"This is a very serious failure to provide for the safety of this community,” he said.  "If there's no place to detain these people, then they'll be on the street wreaking havoc on this community."

However, Chaves County commissioners believe they’re being practical.

"We're spending 1.1 million with that facility,” said Chaves County Board of Commissioners chairman, Will Cavin. “Are we wasting money on that versus where we could be doing it and taking care of other crime type issues or security type issues here in Chaves County?"

"A big part of it is the cost of it. One of the things is, we do have a lot of juveniles here in Chaves County that are not following the laws-- but at the same time, they're not being incarcerated,” Cavin said.

Chaves County thinks juveniles can be housed in nearby correctional facilities instead.

“They would end up going to either the Lea County juvenile correctional facility, or they would go to Curry County,” Cavin said.

“Which is 90 to 100 miles away,” Kintigh said. “ It would mean transporting them 100 miles one way in the morning for a court appearance and then taking them back again? Back and forth? This is not going to be in anybody’s best interest.”

Nothing is set in stone yet.

The discussion will be held at the Chaves County Commission meeting Tuesday, 2 p.m.


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