Can New Mexico taxpayers continue to afford the cost of crime? With New Mexico crime skyrocketing, the costs for housing inmates is going up as well. The cost for Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington to house an inmate at northwestern New Mexico jails will increase about 20 percent in 2018. A new rate of $82.29 per inmate per day was approved by the commissioners for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. That's an increase of about 20 percent from the current rate of $68.52.