Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Inmates Giving Back

One of the reasons people come to prison is because they are selfish. They have made choices and only thought about themselves. 96% of these individuals are going to get out of prison. It is great to see the inmates make better decisions and realize how selfish their actions have been.

NMCD inmates at different facilities throughout the state have shown their unselfishness by donating money to children who have a parent behind bars. In total they have donated $5,000 towards scholarships for New Mexico Incarcerated children.

This money will provide educational opportunities to these children. This also shows how the inmates are giving back to the community. They want to make a change and make a difference.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

PPO Week

Last week Probation and Parole offices around the country celebrated PPO week. it is a time where there hard work and dedication can be celebrated.

Probation and Parole Officers' are on the front lines holding offenders accountable and providing protection to their communities. They supervise offenders returning to the community many times they are put in dangerous situations. They rarely get the recognition that they deserve.

Our staff is so amazing and of course they don't do their job for the recognition. They do it because they want to make a difference, change offenders lives, and protect their communities. We are proud of all that they do.

It is great to take a week to celebrate them and all of their contributions.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Giving back to the Community

Last Friday the New Mexico Corrections Department partnered with the Santa Fe Police Department to give inmates a chance to give back to the community. Low level inmates were sent to the station to landscape their grounds.
We were able to speak to Chief Eric Garcia and Inmate Hadeem Bland. They both stressed the importance of an inmate work crew such as this one.
This gives inmates an opportunity to go out there and gain skills that they can use in the future. It also gives them an opportunity to give back.
 Check out the video below!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SNMCF Level II Bicycle Restoration Program

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility’s Bicycle Restoration Program restores bikes to give to people in need of them. This program not only gives inmate skills; it also provides them a way to give back to the community.

 In total 40 bikes have been completed. Of those, 20 have been given to local low-income families or individuals.

 Recently Offender Mary Gutierrez' bike was stolen off of her porch. It was her sole method of transportation to work. Her PPO Tyler Kruger showed his CRED by reaching out to Warden James Mulheron and Deputy Warden Joe Lytle at SNMCF asking for their help. SNMCF generously donated a bike from their bike restoration program to Ms. Gutierrez. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Not only it is the goal of NMCD to provide programming and opportunities for inmates, it is also NMCD's job to keep the inmates we have in custody safe.  We are committed to ensuring safe prisons. Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility has demonstrated this by successfully passing their PREA Audit.

PREA is the Prison Rape Elimination Act.  it is an act put into place to protect individuals from prison rape.

Seven out of eleven of our prisons are PREA compliant. We strive to not only meet these standards but exceed them.

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."