Commissioners decline to pursue rehabilitation program

Curry County Commissioners agreed Tuesday not to pursue a contract with an Albuquerque rehabilitation program aimed at treating habitual drug offenders.

County Manager Lance Pyle told commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting the Second Chance Center has neglected to return a signed contract to the county since the commission approved it in June, but has billed the county for inmate care totaling more than $4,500.

The bills include student program fees at a rate of $37.50 a day and charges for drug screenings, over-the counter medications, vitamins and some prescription medications.

And despite requests, the center is not sending progress reports on the inmates in their care, Pyle said.