GPS tracking proves inmate 'clean team' spending time in wrong places

Data shows inmates who are supposed to stay on public property wandering onto private property

By Jeff Proctor and Katie Kim

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Bernalillo County house arrest inmates assigned to clean up weeds and trash as part of their community service spent nearly as much time on private property as on public rights of way during a four-day stretch last summer, according to newly released GPS data obtained by KRQE News 13.

News 13 first reported on allegations involving De La Cruz, Metzgar and the clean team last month. At that time, Metzgar said the team never went onto private property because it was against the rules, and De La Cruz was emphatic in saying “no one ever stepped foot onto my property.”

The data, provided to News 13 after a public records request, show that neither of those statements was true.

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