Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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
Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
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.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
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
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:
Microsoft Office Proficiency
Advanced Computer technologies
Advanced Computer Technologies
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
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.
These are just two of many examples of inmates giving back and making a difference.