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New Mexico: Former Cornell warden rehired.
Thursday, May 1, 2003
The Associated Press
McKinley Rehires Santa Fe's Ex-Warden

GALLUP A man who was let go as warden in Santa Fe County returned Wednesday as warden for the McKinley County Adult Detention Center.

Cody Graham had been warden in Gallup when Ogden, Utah-based Management and Training Corp. took over the operation of the jail in January 2001. He was transferred to Santa Fe later that year.

Both the McKinley County jail and the Santa Fe County jail are run by MTC.

The 250-bed jail in Gallup has been without a permanent jail director since Julian Martinez left last summer. A new three-year contract that recently went into effect allows joint powers agreements with other counties and states to house low-risk prisoners.

MTC in February removed Graham and his second in command in Santa Fe after complaints that inmates had been denied basic services. Graham had been warden since MTC took over the 670-bed Santa Fe jail contract from Cornell Cos. in October 2001.

MTC spokesman Carl Stuart said at the time that the men were on paid leave. Stuart said they would not return to the Santa Fe County jail, but MTC had not decided on their future with the company.

Santa Fe County officials told the company about inmates' complaints of being denied toilet paper, clothing and medical care. An advisory committee on the jail said MTC did not provide enough case managers, had a high turnover in staff and needed to improve medical staffing.

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