ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County officials say the county's inmate population is now at its smallest since the jail opened about a decade ago.
County spokeswoman Nataura Powdrell told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1dZy5aw) on Friday that the jail had around 1,990 inmates — well below its design capacity of 2,236.
The county this summer shipped hundreds of inmates to jails elsewhere in New Mexico and in Texas to relieve overcrowding at the Metropolitan Detention Center.
Bernalillo County commissioners have set aside about $6.8 million this year to pay for the transfers.
The troubled Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque has by Sept. 1, to come up with a plan to reduce its inmate population.
The Bernalillo County jail system has been the focus of a federal civil-rights lawsuit since 1995.