What's Next for Troubled Clovis Jail

CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO - Leaders of one area county say Tuesday's election results left them with major security issues and no clear way to solve them.

After 14 inmates escaped in five years, Curry County leaders thought they had a clear plan to clean up their troubled jail. But when all the votes were counted, that plan was taken off the table - leaving leaders scrambling for a new solution.

County leaders wanted to build a new, upgraded jail-courthouse combo for $33 million. They wanted to pay for it with bonds and a slight sales tax increase, but over 70% of voters cast their ballot against those plans.

There is still a chance that new judicial complex could be built.  They'll just have to find a new way to fund it.

It's an option that's on the table, but there's no clear path. In fact county leaders say nothing's clear at the moment for them about the courthouse and jail.

They plan to talk about possibilities at a meeting on Friday.