Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Last week Springer Correctional Center passed their PREA audit with flying colors! Great work, SCC!
For those of you who don’t know, PREA is the Prison Rape Elimination Act and it t was passed in 2003. The purpose of the Act is to eliminate sexual assault and staff sexual abuse in prisons, jails, police lockups, private prisons, juvenile facilities and community confinement facilities.
The New Mexico Department of Corrections has a zero-tolerance policy for incidents of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment. We are committed to ensuring safer prisons.
Ten out of eleven of our prisons are PREA compliant. We strive to not only meet these standards but exceed them.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Help us capture these DWI Absconders. Many of them are repeat offenders that we want to stop before they drive drunk and hurt someone on the road. Help us keep New Mexico roads safe from drunk drivers.
The top ten most wanted DWI absconders are posted online here. New Mexicans with information on the whereabouts of any of these offenders are urged to call 911.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
On this first day of a week of recognition for the value and service of the unsung heroes within our correctional ranks, there are many things we should pause to remember about these remarkable men and women. First, correctional officers across our state and this great nation serve our public safety every day by separating violent offenders from the community, deterring others from offending, and doing your very best to prepare offenders for reintegration into the community upon release. And while each component of their mission is essential to the integrity and dignity of our communities, so often their work is not fully understood and valued in ways the other, more visible elements of our criminal justice system are. Secondly, based on the constitutional reality that most offenders sentenced to prison will return to our neighborhoods, what the remarkable men and women of corrections do matters significantly to us each! What happens behind the concrete walls of our prisons or within the homes of offenders supervised under conditions of parole and/or probation matters to our neighborhoods, just as what happens in our neighborhoods matters for our prisons, jails, and community supervision programs. Finally, their calling, work, and challenges are often far more demanding and dangerous than many others. The offices and workspaces correctional officers occupy are some of the most harsh physical environments a person could voluntarily enter. Their work environments offer a constant threat of exposure to chaos and violence. And upon entering these exceptionally negative and potentially dangerous environments each day on our behalf, correctional officers not only must remain committed to a constant state of heightened vigilance and adherence to strict security protocols, but to remain truly effective, they must also remain willing to invest themselves into to others that the rest of the world has the luxury of throwing away.
This is probably why in 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating “National Correctional Officers’ Week.” Since that moment, the first full week in May has been recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, commemorating the contributions of correctional officers and personnel who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country. The platform created on that historic day now provides us each with an opportunity to pay tribute to the remarkable souls (both past and present) who serve us quietly and often without the recognition they deserve. So as you navigate through the demands of your days this week, I respectfully request that you pause to reflect upon how important the men and women of corrections are to our state and country. Like so many others within our military and law enforcement ranks, without their service, within the span of a single generation, our way of life would cease to exist as we know it. Should you have the chance to cross the path of one of our unsung heroes, I pray that you’ll take a moment to thank them for the exceptional few they are! From the bottom of the hearts of many, happy National Correctional Officers’ Week!
Tuesday, April 26, 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
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
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.