SANTA FE ― The Lea County Correctional Facility (LCCF) in Hobbs was placed under a lockdown Wednesday night following a disturbance involving several inmates in multiple housing units.
No correctional officers or inmates were injured during the disturbance that was brought under control within an hour.
The Hobbs Police Department was notified about the incident and the New Mexico Corrections Department has initiated an internal investigation. The Lea County Correctional Facility is operated by the Geo Group under a contract with the State. It currently houses 1,250 state inmates.
“Those responsible will be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said David Jablonski, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Corrections Department. “We will be conducting a thorough audit of the GEO Group’s policies and practices and we will also hold their leadership accountable by demanding they take corrective actions in an expedient manner. We take seriously the safety of all our correctional officers and inmates. We have zero tolerance for any violence in our prison system.”
The disturbance began around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when several inmates in four housing units refused to follow orders to retreat into their cells.
Correctional officers used tear gas to force the inmates into their cells and secured the housing units. No correctional officer or inmates were injured.
The lockdown will continue until further notice. During the lockdown, family visitations and other inmate recreational and educational activities will be suspended.
For additional information contact, S.U. Mahesh at 505.490.3071.