Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Employee of the Quarter

Every day the staff of the New Mexico Corrections Department come to work and get the job done. They do so without expecting any praise. They do so because we are one team one mission and that mission is to reduce recidivism by 10% in three years. Employee of the Quarter is a way to acknowledge the people who not only do their job, but who go above and beyond.

This quarter it was important for us to not only celebrate the employees who did win, but to acknowledge those who were nominated because that is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Trish Gallegos and Deputy Secretary Booker
 Trish Gallegos was nominated for her wonderful work as a Paralegal. She has continuously shown dedication to her job. She manages the Office of General Counsel.
Paul Trujillo and Deputy Secretary Booker
Paul Trujillo was nominated for his excellent work as a Budget Analyst. He is always willing to help others out. He has a positive attitude that is noticed by all those around him.
Sonia Suazo and Deputy Secretary Booker
Sonia Suazo was nominated for her exemplary work as the Agriculture and Horticulture Specialist for Corrections Industries. She has been with the department for a short time, yet has made a huge impact. She is dedicated to inmate programming and is making a difference.

Kevin Stack was nominated for his great work in the Information Technology Division. He was unable to be at the meeting because he was manning the phones. that itself shows the dedication he has to his work.

Michelle Bowdon and Deputy Secretary Booker
Michelle Bowdon received Employee of the Quarter for her hard work and dedication as the Deputy General Counsel.She is doing two jobs in one at the moment and does them both without a complaint. She is an asset to the department. We are so thankful for her effort.
Richard Martinez and Deputy Secretary Booker
Richard Martinez received Employee of the Quarter for his commitment to his work as the Health and Safety Manager. his  vast knowledge and experience has made him a vital member to the department.

Every single person in the Corrections Department is an important member of the team. Thank you all for everything that you do!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Demonstrating CRED Year Round

NMCD employees across the state are committed to demonstrating credibility, responsibility, ethics and dedication. They do this in so many ways throughout the year. Both inside and outside of work. Day in and day out. Most recently they have done this by participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Torch Run encourages Law Enforcement agencies from across the state to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics New Mexico. This year our officers participated from Las Cruces, Los Lunas and Albuquerque.
The torch arrived in Las Cruces on May 28th.

The Albuquerque team had the honor this year of leading the procession from Civic Plaza to UNM Stadium.

These participants demonstrate every day how committed they are to making a difference in offenders lives. They also demonstrate CRED by giving back to the community.           

"We commit to the safety and well-being of the people of New Mexico by doing the right thing, always."

Monday, June 1, 2015

Absconder Round-Up




Media Outlets Sent-State Wide
Reference: Absconder Round-Up

Date of Release: June 1, 2015

 Details: The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) along with officers from the New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe Police, Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, Rio Arriba Sheriff’s office and the Narcotics Task Force, conducted a routine operation across northern New Mexico to target offenders who have absconded from probation or parole.
The operation took place Friday May 29th and Saturday May 30th and resulted in the arrests of twenty (20) absconders.

“Our job is to help offenders either transition back into the community on parole or guide them through probation to keep them from committing new crimes. But our number one focus is protecting the public and if you abscond, we have a duty to find you as part of our public safety mission,” Deputy Secretary of Operations Joe Booker said.

The NMCD is grateful to our partners in law enforcement for assisting in this operation. All offenders will have to face a judge or the parole board to determine if they will spend the rest of their supervision in jail or prison.

 Here is a list of the absconders arrested:

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