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Max Ortega, awaiting trial on drug trafficking charges, spent nine months in restricted housing – booked in a cell for 22 hours a day – in a Los Lunas prison.
But after the New Mexico Corrections Department was told to compile quarterly reports on inmates in restricted housing units, prison authorities realized there was a problem and adjusted his conditions, according to Eric Harrison, the NMCD spokesman.
“He should not actually be in restricted housing,” Harrison said. “So as soon as this report was generated, we took him out of that category. We’re getting him out of his cell for longer throughout the day.”