Tuesday, May 10, 2016

National Teacher Appreciation

Last week was National Teacher Appreciation week. Recidivism Reduction Bureau Chief Lisa Salazar gave out certificates of appreciation to the educators in our facilities.


Thank you to all of our educators for all you do, your hard work is noticed and greatly appreciated.


“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” -Dan Rather


“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Brooks Adams

Monday, May 2, 2016

National Correctional Officers and Employees Week

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 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: