- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Dona Ana County Juvenile Detention Center is set to reopen after about a year of sitting empty.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/1s0xZLu ) that the center closed last year after high attrition rates among jail officers prompted detention center officials to combine the youth and adult facilities. On Friday 18 juvenile inmates will be moved back inot the facilities.

Jail Director Christopher Barela announced Thursday that improved staffing levels and retention rates have allowed the detention center to reopen about a year ahead of schedule.

Barela says the jail is currently losing an average of four officers a month, compared to seven to nine officers a month this time last year. He says the change is due to pat increases and aggressive recruiting.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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