MDC inmates no longer going to Texas


BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County is no longer shipping hundreds of MDC inmates to Texas.

Last October, the county started paying to house more than 700 inmates at other jails around New Mexico and Texas to help relieve overcrowding at MDC.

About 330 of them were sent to a facility near Houston.

But, the population at MDC has fallen in recent months reducing the need to send inmates there.

According to a county analysis fewer people are being booked into MDC but it’s hard to say why.

There are still about 220 inmates housed at jails around New Mexico. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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