ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico’s largest county has opened a new re-entry center aimed at helping recently released inmates find access to temporary shelters, housing, food, medicine and drug rehabilitation.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Bernalillo County’s Resource Re-Entry Center opened last week. The center will be open 24 hours a day for men and women.
County Manager Julie Morgas Baca said most of the agencies and programs that will have a presence at the center already exist throughout the city.
It replaces a system that operated for years – one in which inmates released from the Metropolitan Detention Center were dropped off at a street corner, day or night, in Downtown Albuquerque. County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins said that was a dangerous way to operate, particularly for women.