Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Inmates and Equines

The Equine Rescue program at the Springer Correctional Center pairs honorably discharged veterans with abused and abandoned horses that have been seized by the livestock board. This program teaches the inmates patience and gives them skills that will help them make the transition out of prison. It also allows the horses to heal and learn to trust again in a loving and safe environment.

We were able to spend some time with the inmates and horses. Check it out!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Statewide Lockdown Ensures Safety


Media Outlets Sent – Statewide Media Release                                              

Reference: New Mexico Corrections Department statewide lockdown ensures prison safety

Date of Release: October 20, 2014


Details: New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown of all eleven (11) prison facilities as part of a periodic review to ensure safety and security.


During this time, officers and staff will review procedures, search and clear every housing unit, cell and inmate, and take account of the current condition of the facilities. Operations like this are vital to not only ensuring the safety of our staff and other inmates, but also promote the pro-social prison environments necessary for reducing recidivism.  Inmates found in possession of contraband will face disciplinary action.


"In our business it's necessary to consider failure and the worst possible circumstances on a regular basis.  The real secret for succeeding in these unforgiving prison environments is deliberate and intentional preparation.  That's why we have to pause periodically and take a good look at ourselves" Secretary Marcantel said.

This statewide operation does not have an end date and will be lifted as each facility confirms all aspects of the operation have been carried out. During this time, all visits will be cancelled until lockdown is lifted.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Holy Hobby Craft Sales Batman!

WOW!!! We had an amazing first Hobby Craft Fair!!! More than 400 people, 10 facilities, and 20 inmates later, the total tally is.....drum roll please.... $17,369.30!!!

Can you believe it!

A portion of that money will go directly to victims, offender's children and into programming to help other offenders obtain transferable skills. The rest goes back to that offender to reinvest into their business.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Help!!!! Dog supplies needed!

Help out a furry friend! Our Region III Probation and Parole office has been working hard with SNMCF to create a dog program that benefits the community and helps inmates. Now we need your help!!!

The program is going to let inmates take care of and train shelter dogs from the Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley. This will get these pups a temporary home, increase their adoption chances and help our inmates learn dog training skills and how to take care of a pet that depends on their attention.
So how can you help??? WE NEED ITEMS TO START THE PROGRAM! Please donate blankets, dog crates, food bowls, doggy poop bags, treats, leashes, etc. The dog food is already being taken care of, but if you could help with these other items it would be AMAZING!

We CANNOT accept cash, so run to your local store and purchase items listed above! Heck, we would be thrilled to have your gently used items too!!! Then drop off your donations at the Las Cruces PPD office at 2635 West Picacho or at SNMCF at 1983 Joe R. Silva Boulevard
We want paws roaming our halls November 1st, so please donate today!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Straight from the inmate's mouth...

It's one thing for us to tell you how hard we are working to change lives. It's another when an inmate submits a letter to the editor without telling anyone.

What an amazing piece Inmate Atencio submitted:

(Need a refresher on what is RPP? Click Here)
This piece ran in the Rio Grande Sun in late August. Just yesterday we showed this video to lawmakers of what inmates are saying about the new programming.


We have much more exciting news about the RPP program that will be released in a few weeks, so stay tuned!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wheels are Rolling

100! That is how many wheelchairs our inmates have fixed up and provided to people in third world countries who can't afford a wheelchair. Check out the heart warming pictures we have received back.
Used and/or broken wheelchairs are collected from all across the United States, and in our partnership with Joni and friends, are shipped to SNMCF. The first wheelchairs were delivered to Casa de La Miseicodia Bugambilia, a church in Mexico.

You remember the Wheels for the World program at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. Last December Governor Susana Martinez announced the program to refurbish broken and worn down Wheelchairs (Need a refresher? Watch the video down below)


Friday, September 5, 2014

Hybrid Transitional Living = A Safer New Mexico

It’s no secret that New Mexico has few options for offenders when they are released from prison. The great resources we do have are often strained and the waiting list can be a couple pages deep.
We know many of our offenders need a place to transition when they are released from custody. Somewhere they can continue to receive treatment, work on their education or vocation skills, be held accountable, be safe, you name it.

For us at the New Mexico Corrections Department, it’s not enough to say, “Too bad there aren’t more halfway homes or treatment centers.” We have decided that we must do more to help our offenders and our communities.

96% of the people in prison right now are coming home. Currently we have about 200 inmates that are ready to pack up and leave prison, but there is nowhere for them to go. The release process includes a lot of work from our case managers, parole officers and the Parole Board. Other states seem to have figured out a new approach that we believe will be very successful in New Mexico.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let us introduce you to the age of Transitional Housing. To understand transitional housing you must first understand the difference between it and a halfway house. A halfway house is a home where an offender lives post release but does not receive programming in the house, but is seen outside. Transitional Living is a home where offenders post release live and receive structured substance abuse and vocational programming in the facility. The offender is still allowed to work in the community and program at night. 

The New Mexico Corrections Department is 100% committed to creating a hybrid transitional living home. Here is how it works. Offenders who are about six months from release would move into one side of the home (let’s say the left). This left side would be staffed with corrections officers and staff to help the inmate prepare for release. The same way we do things now, except for the offender is being housed somewhere with more freedoms and specifically for inmates who are about to rejoin the community. The big day arrives, parole day. The offender would then be transferred to the other side of the home (the right side). This side would be staffed with treatment providers and probation and parole officers. Our Corrections Industries Division would work to find the offender employment in the community and the department would ensure they make it to work during the day. At night, treatment and education classes would be given to continue to help the offender transition back into our neighborhoods.

We know this program works and in states with comparable houses, their recidivism rate averages about 22% -- a big change from New Mexico’s 47%.

While we are running towards the goal, we have to start small. NMCD continues to work with our partners at the state and county levels to create this hybrid model, but we aren’t sitting back and waiting for something to happen; we are making things happen!

Currently renovation is being completed on what’s referred to the Bullock house. It’s a cottage at our Los Lunas Campus where the Men’s Recovery Academy sits. This cottage will soon hold 16 women and a residential advisor. The women will be placed in jobs and have the chance to slowly transition back into their communities. We are working with private partners to make sure we will continue treatment for these women and really prepare them to stay home for good. It’s not the end all goal, but it’s a start.

So here is the million dollar question, we are all in on this goal, will you join us and make New Mexico a better place?