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County asks court to release non-violent jail inmates

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Sandoval County is asking that detention center inmates charged with or convicted of misdemeanors or non-violent felonies be released in attempt to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a petition filed in 13th Judicial District Court.

A hearing on Tuesday at the Sandoval County Judicial Complex will decide whether county Attorney Robin Hammer’s request will be accepted.

The detention center has 24/7 medical services through a contract with Corr Health Corporation. The jail contains 204 inmates and 100 staff members.

According to the court document, nurse Joni Ollila from Corr Health said inmates must pass medical clearance to be accepted by the jail. She added no detainee has tested positive for COVID-19.

No more information was available at press time.