DOÑA ANA COUNTY DETENTION CENTER TO BREAK GROUND ON FENCE PROJECT

DOÑA ANA COUNTY DETENTION CENTER TO BREAK GROUND ON FENCE PROJECT

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Doña Ana County Detention Center perimeter fence has been scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2002, on the ground of the detention center at 1850 Copper Loop in Las Cruces.

Opened in 1996, the detention center is an 874-bed facility that is one of the most modern county facilities of its kind in the region. Placing a security fence around the site will be the latest step in bolstering security and reducing contraband.

A representative from the U.S. Attorney’s Office will be on hand to present County Commission Chairman D. Kent Evans with a ceremonial check for $318,000 million to pay for the fencing project. The funds were appropriated through Congress to help local courts and detention facilities in the areas of detention costs associated with construction and renovation, perimeter security, tracking and reporting in designated “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas” of the United States.

In total, the detention center will receive $1.7 million in grant funding. The fence project will be the first project funded, followed by renovations to the facility’s kitchen and laundry area.

Regional and local dignitaries have been invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, at which time a presentation will be made about the final design for the fence. Upon completion, the fence project is expected to complement the existing landscape, architecture and character of the Doña Ana County Detention Center and the nearby Doña Ana County Juvenile Detention Center, both of which will be protected by the high-tech fence.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.