State to reshuffle prisoners, consolidate sex offenders

Source: Justin Horvath, The New Mexican, November 17, 2015

The state Department of Corrections plans to house sex offenders at a prison in Grants and move the women inmates now housed there to two different prisons. Crowding at the state’s only prison for women is the reason behind the changes. In a domino effect, moving women prisoners from Grants will cause hundreds of other inmates to be shifted to different prisons. … Corrections Corporation of America now manages the prison for female inmates. Espinoza said the department will seek proposals in coming months from private companies that want to manage the proposed male-only sex offender facility in Grants. Male sex offenders currently number about 1,200 in New Mexico prisons, she said. Miles Conway, a spokesman for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 18, said the union opposes a private company managing the prison for sex offenders.