GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY SCHEDULED COUNTY DETENTION CENTER EXPANSION

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY SCHEDULED COUNTY DETENTION CENTER EXPANSION

Doña Ana County Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca will be among the guest speakers Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the 11 a.m. groundbreaking of the Doña Ana County Detention Center Expansion Project.

The Detention Center is located at 1850 Copper Loop in Las Cruces, just west of 17th Street and north of Amador Avenue.

The County received $2 million from the U.S. Marshal’s Service to partially fund the 290-bed expansion of the facility, and Apodaca said the remainder of the $5.3 million project is being financed by “smart bond financing by county management and a healthy flow of income from long-term detention contracts with the federal government and a host of regional counties and municipalities”.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service granted $2.5 million toward original construction of the county’s new detention center in 1995. In exchange, the county set aside 100 beds for federal detainees. With the new grant, the Marshal’s Service will be entitled to a total allocation of 300 beds per day, leaving 552 beds open for inmates from Doña Ana County, the City of Las Cruces and other area counties and communities.

The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony. Refreshments will be served. For further information, call (505) 647-7229.