Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Craftsmanship and Trades Fair Roundup

Our 2nd Craftsmanship and Trades Fair has come and gone. First we would like to thank everyone who came out to join us, all the volunteers and the inmates for crafting amazing art!
 Now on to the numbers...We are pleased to announce we made $18,000!!!  Don't forget that this money benefits victims, children of offenders, other inmates learning new crafts and much more!
Congratulations to everyone involved. Thank you all for your hard work.

We hope to see you at are next one in October. Stay tuned to this page for more information.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Old Main Tours 2015

It is that time of year again…Today kicks off the first of many “Old Main” Prison Tours! The tours run from May to October. These tours are to inform visitors about what happened during the February 2, 1980 riot and teach them more the Corrections Department. The money from these tickets will go back into revitalizing the facility. For more information on dates and ticket availability click this link

We still have tickets available for today’s tours. Please come and join us!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Craftsmanship and Trades Fair, May 2nd

Man, oh man, are we excited for May! The flowers bloom, the sun sticks around longer at night and the Craftsmanship and Trades Fair is May 2nd!!!

Prepare yourself for a day of awesomeness! Save your money now, there will be some many unique and amazing pieces, you will want to empty your wallet at the fair! (Okay, maybe that's just us hoping you will)

We will have metal art, wood furniture, jewelry, crosses, art, cooking utensils,bird houses, you name it! Come hungry too! We will have breakfast and lunch items for sale and AMAZING desserts (no seriously, I put on like 10 pounds from eating those things.)

Don't forget that this event benefits victims, children of offenders, other inmates learning new crafts and much more!

Join us! Tickets are only $5 - buy them here (be sure to read the important information section).

Also, check out our blog from October's event:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

A message from Secretary Gregg Marcantel on the passing of our dear friend Joni Brown:

With a heavy heart this morning I must inform you of the passing of our beloved friend and leader Deputy Director Joni Brown.  Joni was relieved of the burden and pain of her illness last night, peacefully with her family.  Thinking quietly of her passing this morning, I’m struck by the reality that some people watch others make a difference in this world, while others simply assure it happens.  Without a doubt, Joni constantly committed the blessings of her time and talent in life toward making a difference in the lives of so many others, to include those in the world that others had the luxury of discarding.

As I travel around our state and speak to folks in our community who don’t quite understand what you do, I’m constantly and very proudly testifying about the quality of men and women within our ranks…professionals just like Joni.  Her life and character…Joni's unselfish commitment to others…has (and will continue to) embody why I am so grateful to serve you each and do so.  Who she has been (and shall be in our memories) will remain a true credit to our organization, our profession, our state, and us each as individuals.  

While her time with us was far too short, as we prepare to bid her physical presence farewell, let’s pause to also remember that for everyone of us, there is nothing more certain than our own passing…and nothing more uncertain than the time it will happen.  As we consider her departure this morning, let’s also be reminded of how important our current lives and service are…how we must each assure that we are also prepared at all times for that which may come…at anytime.  Accordingly, my prayer will be that we will each seek to live in such a way that people should miss us the way will miss Joni.  We will assure you are updated on the services to follow.  

As always, God bless you each.  Please always remain safe and intentional with your own lives. 

Semper Fi,

Gregg Marcantel
Cabinet Secretary
New Mexico Corrections Department

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tickets on Sale NOW!!

NMCD 2nd Bi-Annual Craftsmanship and Trades Fair 

The New Mexico Corrections Department is proud to announce the 2nd bi-annual Craftsmanship and Trades Fair! This great event brings inmate artists and the community together in a way no regular art show can! Join us May 2, 2015 at the Penitentiary of New Mexico (4311 NM 14, Santa Fe, 87508) from 9am-4pm.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online . There will be tickets available at the door as well, but it will be limited. Credit cards and cash will be accepted, NO CHECKS. Also, come hungry! Great breakfast and lunch items will be available to purchase.

(Don't forget a portion of every sale goes to Victim's Reparation, the offender's children/family, a savings account, into programs to teach other offenders skills, and back to the artist.)

Now for the important stuff: The Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair is May 2nd only. No one under the age of 16 will be permitted into the fair. You must wear closed toe and heeled shoes, no low cut or tight shirts, no short shorts and skirts. All clothing needs to be prison appropriate. Also, no drugs, weapons or alcohol are allowed on prison grounds. THIS INCLUDES IN YOUR CAR! Your car will be subject to search upon entering the facility. If drugs, weapons or alcohol is found it could result in your arrest for a felony charge.

Hey! Did this email get you thinking about Old Main tours? We thought so! Here is the link to buy tickets to this season’s tours! Don’t forget, every dollar spent goes back into the revitalization project. We do not use any taxpayer money but instead rely on donations and tours! Same important info applies to Old Main as it does for the fair.

Have questions? Email Alex Tomlin, Director of Public affairs at a

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Inmate Clubs

Inmate clubs are an important part of re-entry. They foster and promote good citizenship in prison and after release from prison.

An inmate club is an inmate organization that is supervised by staff and approved by the Warden. The inmate club must have a staff sponsor. This person can be any staff member. There can also be a community sponsor which is a non-staff sponsor of an inmate group.

Inmate clubs are an important way to promote family bonding, life skill development, moral development, and successful re-entry after release.