Violence among prison inmates surges in New Mexico

June 9, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Inmate-on-inmate assaults that result in serious injury have increased at corrections facilities in New Mexico.

A report this week from the Legislative Finance Committee said 28 assaults have been reported so far during the current fiscal year that began in July 2017. That exceeds the number of annual assaults dating back to at least 2012.

The Department of Corrections plans to avoid further attacks between inmates by better share information among prisons and improving its classification of inmates. The state hopes to reduce inmate-on-inmate assaults to 10 or fewer per year.

Staff analysts at the nonpartisan Finance Committee say prison facilities may be partially to blame. Lawmakers set aside $200,000 this year to begin planning a new prison to provide adequate space for inmates and a safer environment for staff.

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