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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:00 AM

New Mexico plans to close women's prison in rural community

New Mexico plans to close the women’s prison 'Springer Correctional Center' located in the small rural town of Springer, NM and transfer the inmates and workers elsewhere, state officials say. “Closure of the facility will allow for more fiscally responsible operation of the remaining state facilities, while maintaining safe housing for the inmate population,” Corrections Secretary Alisha Tafoya Lucero said in a statement.

The most recent annual report posted on the Department of Corrections website for the 2019 fiscal year said the prison had an average daily population of 350.

Springer has about 1,000 residents and is located in Colfax County in northern New Mexico along Interstate 25 and 88 miles northeast of Santa Fe, NM. Springer Mayor Boe Lopez said he was disappointed by the news and said it will be hard to replace the prison’s 150 jobs.


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