ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernalillo County will continue to ship inmates to lockups in other jurisdictions to relieve crowding in the county's own jail.
The county commissioners on Tuesday narrowly approved spending $3.3 million to pay for having inmates housed in facilities in New Mexico and Texas.
The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1k8Jeut ) reports that the approval of the $3.3 million means the county is on track to spend about $10 million this year on inmate transfers.
Some relief from jail crowding could come from judges' agreement to several steps that could reduce the jail population by an estimated 180 inmates.
The county jail population averaged 2,418 inmates last year. The design capacity is 2,236 inmates.
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