SANTA FE, N.M. — Jerome Block Jr. apparently will spend seven full days behind bars before ending his latest jail stint for violating the rules of drug court.
A judge’s order filed Wednesday in District Court says Block, a former member of the Public Regulation Commission who pleaded guilty to numerous felonies in September, is to be released from custody at 8 a.m. Nov. 22, next Tuesday.
Block was incarcerated at the Santa Fe County jail Monday for a second violation of the drug court program he is required to participate in as part of his plea deal with the state Attorney General’s Office.
Block, who resigned from the PRC last month, has said he’s addicted to prescription painkillers.
Drug court officials have refused to say how he violated the terms of drug court this time. Last month, he spent a night in jail for failing a drug test, his first violation of program rules.
The drug court program’s handbook says a second positive test on a drug screening means four days incarceration, but adds that “incarceration periods are used as guidelines and may vary depending on frequency and amount of use, or other factors.”
The handbook also says a person in drug court can be incarcerated for up to 30 days for “struggling with the rules and regulations of the program.”
Block has admitted to felonies including identity theft and credit card fraud for numerous questionable charges on his state-issued gas card when he was a member of the PRC. He also pleaded guilty to misspending public campaign funds when running for the PRC in 2008.
Block has not yet been sentenced for the guilty pleas. Attorney General Gary King has said he will not be disappointed if Block doesn’t do time for the felonies, but that position was contingent on Block successfully completing the drug court program.
AG spokesman Phil Sisneros said earlier this week: “Clearly, we’re disappointed he has now failed twice, and we are resolved to enforce the terms of the plea agreement should it be violated.”
That could mean a sentence for Block of up to four-and-a-half years in prison.