Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Old Main Tours 2016

Old Main Prison tours are here again. The first tours begin on Friday, May 6th and will continue the first Friday and Saturday of the month and will run until October.
These tours are to inform visitors about what happened during the February 2, 1980 riot and teach them more about 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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-main-prison-tours-2016-tickets-22180669981
These tours are centered around the "Old Main" theme; "Respecting our Past to Create a Better Future".




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Automotive Program



The Automotive program at Central New Mexico Correctional Facility provides vocational education and training for inmates in the automotive field.


This program offers the participants the ability to learn job skills that will assist them during their re-entry into the community.


Watch the video below.


Monday, April 11, 2016

4th Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair



The New Mexico Corrections Department is proud to host our 4th Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair!
There will be aisles and aisles of inmate art, woodworking, quilts, metal work, jewelry, crosses and so much more!! The event will take place on Saturday May 14th from 9am to 3pm.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
A portion of the proceeds will go to that inmates children or family members, to the Crime Victims Reparation Fund, and to support other inmate vocational programs. The inmate will also receive a portion of the proceeds and some will be placed in a savings account to aid the inmate when he or she is released.

Join us! Tickets are only $5 – buy them here (make sure you read the important information section).

Friday, March 4, 2016

National Employee Appreciation Day


Every year, March 4th is set aside as National Employee Appreciation Day. It exists to give folks like me a reminder to pause and reflect on the value and importance of the folks I serve…to appreciate the personal privilege of walking along side of some pretty remarkable men and women. But this year, because I truly appreciate the priority you’ve shown our staff, even in the face of some pretty difficult economic conditions, I wanted to also thank you each as lawmakers and community members, as well.  I want to thank you for allowing me to serve!  It is one of my greatest privileges because I serve a worthy cause and some very noble people, to include you.

 For the correctional professionals that together, we have spent the last year talking about, more than ever, thank you for acknowledging their value and role for the safety and security of New Mexico’s neighborhoods. Regardless of their position description, job assignment, or specific work location, every day, when the exceptional men and women of the NMCD arrive at a facility or office somewhere in our state, they do so prepared to devote your time and talent toward something larger than themselves. Every project they work on, every housing unit or neighborhood they walk in their efforts to protect us, every decision they make, and every interaction they have…they do so with an underlying motivation to serve our public safety and well-being as a State. And regardless of whether what they do each day is as obvious as other functions within our criminal justice system or not, it is that simple motivation they possess that makes them exceptional! They do so everyday with far less recognition than their other public safety counterparts. Their servant hearts and work is what makes them each “appreciable!”! They make this day important!

Because what they do brokers hope for an otherwise difficult world…because they stand willing to invest themselves in those others the rest of the world has the luxury of discarding, I am grateful for the support and priority that the Governor and you each have given them this year.  Even though the fiscal limitations may have left us short of our ultimate needs, please know that because of your support, they will become that much more able to more consciously elevate the hope necessary for their correctional responsibilities, even in the face of great dangers and negativity they must confront daily.  And that’s a blessing because their mission and work essentially belongs to us all.  Please know that for as long as I’m in this position to serve you and them, it will remain a remarkable privilege to do whatever I can do to not only be a part of, but tell their story.  Thank you for listening!

 
So God bless you each! Thank you for all you do! Semper fidelis! 

 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hepatitis C


KRQE did a great story on the hepatitis c problem and how crucial Harvoni is to treating it.

As a fact refresher, there are approximately 3,125 inmates with Hepatitis C; this is roughly half of the inmate population.
Harvoni is the most effective treatment available and it has a 90%-98% cure rate and it has fewer side effects.

Here is the link to the story:

http://krqe.com/2016/02/18/state-braces-for-cost-of-game-changer-hepatitis-c-drug/

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Evidence-based Programming

The 2016 Legislative Session has arrived. This is one in a series of posts from the staff of the New Mexico Corrections Department. We intend to send a daily update to all our legislators with key points, facts, figures, personal stories describing life here at NMCD.


The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative recently published a web analysis featuring New Mexico’s good work implementing the Results First approach to evidence-based policymaking:

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/analysis/2016/02/11/new-mexico-embraces-evidence-based-policymaking
 
Last fall, after working with Results First for several years, the New Mexico Corrections Department adopted an administrative policy that confirms the agency’s dedication to evidence-based programming. The policy establishes a framework that demonstrates the agency’s commitment to a continual inventory of its programs, mandates that 70 percent of program funds are directed to evidence-based programs, and institutes contracting standards that require vendors to document use of evidence-based practices and monitor outcomes for homegrown programs to ensure that they meet their goals. With this administrative action, New Mexico has further established its culture of using evidence to inform decisions.
 
 
CONTACT: LUCY RIVER, POLICY & LEGISLATIVE OUTREACH DIRECTOR: 505.259.4743

Monday, February 15, 2016

RPP


The 2016 Legislative Session has arrived. This is one in a series of posts from the staff of the New Mexico Corrections Department. We intend to send a daily update to all our legislators with key points, facts, figures, personal stories describing life here at NMCD.
 
The Restoration to Population Program transfers former violent gang offenders who have denounced their memberships and followed the rules out of segregation, and back into population



This video follows just a few RPP inmates, some of whom lived in what was called the Level 6 super-maximum security facility for years. The footage captures their journey through the step-down program from there, to a Level 3 (lower security) prison, and then to a specialized general population facility just weeks later.


 
CONTACT: LUCY RIVER, POLICY & LEGISLATIVE OUTREACH DIRECTOR: 505.259.4743 OR LUCYA.RIVER@STATE.NM.US