At the Roundhouse last week, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee took-up a bill that would put to an end private prison contracts in New Mexico.
Tom Trowbridge reports from the Capitol:
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Las Cruces Democrat Angelica Rubio’s House Bill 40 would prohibit the state or other governmental entities across New Mexico from entering into or renewing contracts for the detention of individuals in private facilities, which the state currently relies on.
President Joe Biden recently ordered the U-S Department of Justice to end its reliance on privately run prisons. And Rubio wants to see the President’s idea adopted in New Mexico:
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But New Mexico Corrections Secretary, Alisha Tafoya Lucero, while not dismissive of the idea, told the House panel she respectfully opposes it in its current form.
Tafoya Lucero says terminating private prison contracts would see the state lose three thousand beds. Regardless, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee approved the measure on a three-to-two party-line vote, Democrats in favor.
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge