Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Old Main Prison Tours 2017

It is that time of the year again; Old Main Prison tours begin again in May. The first tours begin on Friday, May 5th and they will continue the first Friday and Saturday of the month until September.

These tours are to inform visitors about what happened during the February 2, 1980 riot and teach them more about the New Mexico Corrections Department. They are centered around the “Old Main” theme; “Respecting our Past to Create a Better future.”

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-2017-tickets-31616064500

The tickets are $15.00. No one under the age of 16 is permitted on the tour.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Remembering Our Past

February 2nd marked the 37th anniversary of the Penitentiary of New Mexico prison riot. 37 years. Almost four decades ago on February 2, 1980 inmates who were fed up with overcrowding and lack of programming took over the Penitentiary of New Mexico.

It started with offenders overpowering four officers. From there it took 22 minutes for inmates to take control of the whole prison. In total they took hostage of 14 correctional officers. Inmates obtained power tools from a cellblock under construction, and used them to maim and torture other inmates. A total of 33 inmates were murdered during the riot. Although none of the hostages were murdered many of them were tortured, beaten, and stabbed.

The riot would go on for 36 hours. In these hours many received wounds that they would carry with them for the rest of their lives. For the families of the 33 murdered inmates and the 24 hostages the riot would never be over. Not all emotional and physical pain can heal.

This is why we remember what happened; to honor the officers and murdered inmates, because we never want it to happen again and because by not forgetting we can make the future better than our past.

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.