Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Inmates Refurbish Wheelchairs

200! That is how many wheelchairs our inmates fixed up and provided to people with disabilities in Ghana.

In our partnership with Joni and Friends used and/or broken wheelchairs are collected from all across the United States, and are shipped to Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. Inmates then begin to repair and refurbish the chairs and they are shipped off to people in third world countries who cannot afford one.

Programs like Wheels for the World provide inmates an opportunity to give back.

For information about this program checkout our YouTube video below:


Friday, November 18, 2016


Drugs are a daily occurrence in prison. Our teams find them on visitors, in the mail and on the side of the road. They see many different types of drugs from heroin, cocaine, and marijuana one day to tobacco the next. They see them all. One drug that is seen frequently is Suboxone.  Most people outside of drug addiction recovery programs and prisons have not heard of Suboxone. Suboxone is a drug used as treatment for opiate addiction.  Although this is the purpose of it, these little orange strips also give off a high.

It has become coveted as contraband. Smugglers have tucked strips in cards and behind envelope seams and stamps. They are a big business in prison. The strips can be divided into many pieces and sold off for up to $20.
In 2015 1841.89 strips, 84 pills, 102 small hits and 2 loaded syringes w/ Suboxone were discovered by staff.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Acting Cabinet Secretary David Jablonski

We are happy to welcome David Jablonski as the Acting Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Corrections Department.


David Jablonski has over 20 years of both federal and state public safety experience.  Prior to being appointed Acting Secretary of Corrections by Governor Susana Martinez, David served as the Deputy Superintendent of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department.  As Deputy Superintendent, David managed all of the regulatory entities in the state including Alcohol and Gaming, Securities, Financial Institutions, Boards/Commissions, Administrative Services and the Construction Industries Division.  Balancing public safety with the best business practices was a key component in safeguarding the best interests of the state of New Mexico.


David also served as a member of Governor Martinez’s Executive Office Staff, where he was responsible for overseeing multiple agencies related to public safety, law enforcement, and corrections.  This included the New Mexico Corrections Department and the Children, Youth, and Families Department.   


During his career with the Corrections Department, from 1997-2011, David served as a Probation/Parole Officer, District Supervisor, Training Instructor, Region Manager, Deputy Director and his last position held was Director of the Probation and Parole Division.  Throughout his career, David has been a part of several initiatives for the Corrections Department including the creation of the first specialized sex offender supervision units, expansion of the drug courts statewide, implementing statewide fugitive apprehension units, and strengthening the department’s criminal management system. 


 David Jablonski is also a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1991.  David holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Halloween Operation

 On Halloween, New Mexico Department of Corrections Probation/Parole worked with local law enforcement agencies across the state to conduct random visits to the homes of registered sex offenders under supervision. Every year our Probation/Parole Officers make it a priority to be active around the state to ensure the offenders are in full compliance.

In Sandoval county 34 field calls were conducted and they resulted in one arrest made.

The Hobbs probation and parole office had 18 offenders report to the office at 2pm and they were released at 9 pm. During this time Hamburgers were grilled, staff and each offender donated $10 to purchase the food and drinks. There was an outdoor screen and sound system provided by Marty Martinez, Youth Director from First Christian Church. Mr. Martinez also spoke to the offenders and provided words of encouragement.

When there is a collaborative effort between law enforcement agencies it is a step towards true public safety. These types of operations are crucial to keeping New Mexico safe. When people work together we can make a bigger difference in our communities.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Reducing Recidivism

One of our goals here at the New Mexico Corrections Department is to reduce recidivism. We want to keep offenders from coming back to prison. This is a team effort and it cannot happen without the hard work of everyone.

Our goal is to provide incarcerated individuals with the tools needed to become responsible members of the family, workforce, and community upon release. One of the ways we accomplish this is by providing offenders with programming. The types of programming we provide are cognitive, family reunification, post-secondary, reentry, and vocational.

The vocational programs provide inmates with an opportunity to learn skills they can use to find employment when they get out of prison. Currently these programs include:




Equine Rescue

Microsoft Office Proficiency




Advanced Computer technologies


Advanced Computer Technologies



Wind Energy

Building Trades-Cabinetry


The average New Mexico inmate has less than a high school education. All of these programs offer the participants the ability to learn job skills that will assist them during their re-entry into the community.


NMCD is committed to making New Mexico a safer place providing inmates with the necessary to transition out of prison is a step towards this.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Inmate Clubs

NMCD is committed to helping establish inmate self-help groups also known as inmate clubs. These clubs must support family bonding, life skill development, moral development, and/ or successful re-entry after release. These clubs reduce inmate idleness and they provide offenders an avenue to develop skills that can prevent them from returning to prison when they get out.

The inmate clubs are required to donate 15% of their profit from fundraisers and due collections once a quarter. 10% of the profit is donated to an outside good will organization of the group’s choice.  5% of the profit is donated to a Creative Corrections Education Fund.  This money goes directly to the children of New Mexico Inmates and former inmates whose children are attending college.

Recently two Inmate Clubs have supported their community with donations.  Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility Community Youth Awareness Inmate Club donated backpacks with school supplies and diapers to the children of Jardin De Los Ninos. 
Also at southern the PAWS club raised money to purchase backpacks and supplies including notebooks, loose leaf paper, pencils, markers, erasers, glue sticks, scissors and a water bottle for students at 3 different elementary schools in Las Cruces.

 These are just two of many examples of inmates giving back and making a difference.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

An Interview with Nina Salcido

Nina Salcido is a Unit Manager at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility who has been with the New Mexico Corrections Department for 20 years. She started out as a Secretary and continued to advance within the department becoming a Records Clerk, Records Manager, Classification Officer, Records Coordinator and now a Unit Manager.

How has corrections shaped you into the person you are today?

 I would not be the person I am today without all the work, life lessons, situations and experiences I have had in the last 20 years. I know that I have grown into someone that I am proud to be as I hold my work ethic as something important and defines me. I am confident, and have been able to experience different life aspects from the inmates to employees I have worked with.  I am ambitious, as I want to continue my growth as a person and employee within the Department of Corrections. Lastly, I have matured, this was not what I anticipated as a career, but I have developed and continue to develop to help people, by being  fair, consistent, and professional.

Who has influenced you the most?

Two, people have influenced me along the way: Mrs. Joni Brown, Deputy Director of Adult Prisons, who has passed away. She was influential in how I wanted to be a Supervisor, and be able to continue in her professionalism as she had shown me and continued to do within her career.  Mrs. Maria Martinez, HR (retired), she was a good friend and co-worker as she taught me a lot about myself, how to stick up for myself, and that if you are truthful and follow policy you can never go wrong!

What is the best advice you can give someone starting out a career in corrections?

It was told to me when I began that in Corrections there is always an opportunity for advancement; this is true there is constant movement and advancement within the department. You can learn job skills, life skills, so you can continue to promote within the department or outside.  Research prior to be sure this is an environment you want to be a part of, because it takes certain individuals to apply, work and retire from corrections.

What do you see as upcoming trends in corrections?

Lately, the department as made major changes to assist in life skills, programming, classification and recidivism with the department. This has been a culture change for staff and inmates. The Department has been implementing email and computers to assist when they are released back to society. Also, there has been a new trend in the age and education as per the persons applying and attending the academy. They have been good changes, but it all takes time to show the long term results and that is what we are looking forward to.