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Inmates, as seen above, slept on cots two years ago when the jail population hit 2,800 residents, well beyond its design capacity of 2,236. The population has fallen substantially since then, but county officials hope to continue the reduction with a new program aimed at helping mentally ill homeless people stay out of jail. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Albuquerque Journal)

Inmates, as seen above, slept on cots two years ago when the jail population hit 2,800 residents, well beyond its design capacity of 2,236. The population has fallen substantially since then, but county officials hope to continue the reduction with a new program aimed at helping mentally ill homeless people stay out of jail. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Albuquerque Journal)

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