The three months from April 1 to June 30 were substantially busier for the Quay County Detention Center than the previous three months, Detention Center Administrator T.J. Rich told the Quay County Commission on Monday.
The facility’s average daily occupancy rose from 39 inmates a day to 47, the average length of stay grew from 16.67 days to 26.75 days. Additionally, 253 inmates were booked into the facility in the April-June quarter, compared with 180 in the previous three months.
On the other hand, 228 inmates were released from the jail from April to June, while 195 were released in the previous quarter.
Rich said he did not know what led to the increase in numbers, but cited sources of jail bookings. Tucumcari Police sent 130 persons to the detention center in the April-June quarter, compared with 109 in the previous three months. New Mexico State Police sent 60 to the jail in the April-June period, compared with 34 in the previous three months. Other sources of inmates were negligibly different from one quarter to the next.
In the juvenile detention facility, Rich reported smaller increases in inmates housed, 24 in the April-June quarter, compared with 20 in the previous three months, but average length of stay was nearly double in the April-June period. The average stay in April-June was 50.54 days. It was only 25.35 days in the previous three months. In the April-June quarter, the juvenile facility held seven juveniles from Roosevelt County, four from De Baca County, and one each from Lincoln, Curry and Union counties.