Eddy County Commission approves agreements for Eddy County jail

Eddy County Board of County Commissioners permitted a $53,000 agreement with a Minnesota business to

Eddy County Board of County Commissioners permitted a $53,000 agreement with a Minnesota business to correct a deficient manage unit at the Eddy County Detention Center (ECDC).

Commissioners permitted the agreement Sept. 21. Eddy County Services Director Brian Stephens mentioned in a memorandum, issues had been uncovered in the command process in August 2020.

He claimed work for the undertaking was budgeted and funded all through the earlier 2020/2021 fiscal yr.

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“(The) seller experienced several scheduling and staffing challenges and could not commit to the scope of work until eventually now,” Stephens wrote in the memo.

In accordance to the settlement with Eddy County, Western States Fireplace Protection Corporation and API National Services Corporation (APi NSG), do the job on the unit involves changing part of the existing command system, troubleshooting, and replacing 250 feet of cable.

The get the job done would interconnect the fireplace sprinkler program and current heating and air ailment models. A digital alarm conversation transmitter for a central station checking program was aspect of the work, study the agreement.

Eddy County's Board of County Commissioners approved a $53,000 agreement with a Minnesota firm to unite alarm systems at the Eddy County Detention Center on Sept. 21, 2021.

APi NSG is a countrywide, self-undertaking provider of code required screening/inspections, repair/routine maintenance, layout/engineering, and retrofits of setting up hearth suppression and lifetime basic safety methods, go through the company’s web page.

ECDC Warden Billy Massingill mentioned the operate should really unify various alarm techniques at the jail.

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ECDC communications contract renewed 

An agreement accredited by commissioners at the Sept. 21 meeting with Dallas primarily based Securus Technology allowed accessibility of tablets for ECDC, at no expense to the county, Massingill wrote in a memorandum to commissioners

“Product expense(s) are acquired by loved ones and/or the detainee,” the memo stated.

He mentioned Securus programs to modify ECDC’s wireless web network and the tablets provided lots of features for inmates.

Eddy County Detention Center Warden Billy Massingill

Massingill reported each individual ECDC pod has a few telephones and inmates have to have to hold out before earning a phone phone.

“The tablet is very similar to a cellphone,” he stated.

Massingill explained apps permitting inmates to analyze for a basic equivalency diploma (GED) or check positions with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Alternatives (DWS) are section of the tablets along with other programs. 

He stated the tablets authorized ECDC personnel to check out particular words in the course of on-line conversations with spouse and children that could avoid illegal narcotics and contraband from moving into the jail during visits.

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According to the agreement written by Securus, the deal renewal started Sept. 26 and in finishes in 2025.

Securus Technologies web page indicated the organization serves a lot more than 3,400 community safety, regulation enforcement and corrections organizations and above 1.2 million incarcerated individuals throughout North The us.

Eddy County Detention Center Warden Billy Massingill speaks to an inmate through his jail cell. Massingill tries to visit each pod and meet with inmates.

Mike Smith can be attained at 575-628-5546 or by e-mail at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter.