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Prison population continues statewide decline

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New Mexico’s prison population continued a downward trend in August 2021, with prisons holding an average of 5,794 inmates (5,266 men and 528 women), a 0.6 percent decrease compared with July 2021 and a 7.2 percent decrease compared with August 2020. The numbers were part of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee’s (LFC) September 2021 news release.

The total number of inmates at the state’s 11 prison facilities, both public and private, was 5,553 (5,030 males, 523 females) on Sept. 21, said New Mexico Corrections Department Public Information Officer Eric Harrison.

The total population at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, an all-male prison near Las Cruces, is 590, Harrison said. The state’s only female facilities are Springer Correctional Center in Springer, New Mexico and Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Grants.

The New Mexico Sentencing Commission is projecting small increases in prison populations over the coming years despite recent downward trends, based partially on the expectation prison admissions will increase once court activity resumes after significant reductions during the Covid-19 pandemic, the LCF newsletter said.

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