Auditors give MDC rave reviews

MDC inmates

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – For years Bernaillo County’s jail was harshly criticized for conditions there.

And Friday it got glowing reviews.

Three auditors from the American Correctional Association spent this week looking at the Metro Detention Center from top to bottom.

They examined everything from security, medical and food services, to overcrowding.

The county asked the auditors to come in to make sure they’re meeting national standards to renew their accreditation.

Auditors found the jail at 98 percent compliant and even raved about how the facility is being run.

Auditors found just a few minor problems like an eye wash station with outdated solutions.

For 20 years, the county has been looking into ways to fix overcrowding because of federal lawsuit, including paying to ship inmates out of state.

But auditors looked at the staffing and inmate ratio now and found the jail is in compliance. 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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