GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — The Cibola County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with CoreCivic Inc. to house the county's inmates upon closure of the Cibola County Detention Center.

The Gallup Independent reports ( ) Attorney Dave Pato, who represents the county, says the three-year contract requires a minimum bed count of 120 inmates, at $54 per bed per day, and allows for 20 roundtrip transports per week.

The contract also includes basic medical, but does not include any hospitalization costs.

If an inmate requires an out-of-facility examination at the hospital, the county would be billed for the additional costs.

The total projected costs are $2.14 million for nine months, counting transports and the transfer of eight detention center staff to the sheriff's office to handle booking tasks not covered in the contract.


Information from: Gallup Independent,