CLAYTON (KSMX)- A company spokesman of the GEO Group, a Florida-based company that currently operates three out of 11 prisons in the state, made the decision to end its contract for the Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility in Clayton because of difficulties recruiting and retaining workers. GEO will continue to manage the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility in Santa Rosa and the Lea County Correctional Facilities in Hobbs the company. According to the Albuquerque Journal, half of New Mexico’s 7,000 inmates serve their sentences inside five privately operated prisons, according to a report from the Legislative Finance Committee last year.
Of the three GEO-run prisons, those in Clayton and Santa Rosa have the capacity to house about 600 men while the Hobbs prison can hold twice as many, according to the company’s website In its decision to leave Clayton, the company said it had not received increased compensation adjusted for inflation, and that resulted in minimal wage changes for prison staff, according to the company.
GEO Group’s 2018 annual report shows $2.3 billion in total revenue, with about 2% coming from the state of New Mexico.