- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel says the closing of a privately operated federal prison in northwest New Mexico could help the state prison system, which is currently understaffed and overcrowded.

The Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan this week confirmed that its contract isn’t being renewed. The center houses about 1,200 minimum-security male inmates and is staffed by about 300 prison employees.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2aGxQ7S ) that Marcantel said he hopes his department will be able to hire many of those corrections officers.

Earlier this year Corrections Department officials said more than a third of the corrections officer jobs at state prisons are vacant.

As for overcrowding, Marcantel says he isn’t sure what it would take to take over the Milan facility, but his staff is considering the possibility.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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