COUNTY POISED TO ACCEPT $2 MILLION GRANT FOR DETENTION CENTER EXPANSION

COUNTY POISED TO ACCEPT $2 MILLION GRANT FOR DETENTION CENTER EXPANSION

Doña Ana County will receive $2 million from the U.S. Marshal’s Service to partially fund a 290-bed expansion of the Doña Ana County Detention Facility, county commission chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca announced today.
Apodaca said the county applied for the grant in early February and was notified Thursday, Sept. 17, that the money would be forthcoming. The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners is slated to vote on acceptance of the money at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 22.
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.
Apodaca said the grant money can only be used for construction, and he emphasized that the Marshal’s Service also will continue to pay the county a daily fee for housing federal prisoners.
Jail administrator Frank Steele said the Marshal’s Service averages about 200 inmates per day in the 562-bed detention facility. When construction of the expansion is completed next summer, he said, the Marshal’s Service will use its 300-bed guaranteed allocation.
The total cost for expanding the detention center, Steele said, is estimated to run about $5.3 million.
Apodaca said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Tom Bustamante of Albuquerque came to Las Cruces Monday to deliver the agreement for the $2 million grant.
“This agreement provides a major source of funding for the detention center expansion,” Apodaca said. “In accepting the money, we enter into a new, 20-year contract and partnership with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to provide services and space for the safety and secure housing of federal detainees.”