Doña Ana County jail packed over capacity

Doña Ana County

If you get thrown in jail in Las Cruces this weekend, expect a crowd.

“I’m at 866 detainees right now, and my capacity is supposed to be 822,” said Chris Barela, director of the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

“We’re stacking, packing and racking them to make them all fit. Anyone who gets booked during the next several days will stay in the booking cells until they can be legally released because we have no room in the general population cell blocks.”

The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department and other area agencies are planning saturation patrols and checkpoints to arrest drunk and otherwise impaired drivers throughout the holiday weekend.

County officials suggest that all residents of and visitors to Doña Ana County avoid drinking and driving, as well as any other behavior that could get them arrested.

“On its best days, this is not a pleasant place to spend your time,” Barela said. “When it’s this crowded, it’s just that much more unpleasant. We’ll keep making room as necessary, but no one’s going to like being here until the population subsides.”

If then.

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