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.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Nina Salcido is a Unit Manager at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility who has been with the New Mexico Corrections Department for 20 years. She started out as a Secretary and continued to advance within the department becoming a Records Clerk, Records Manager, Classification Officer, Records Coordinator and now a Unit Manager.
How has corrections shaped you into the person you are today?
I would not be the person I am today without all the work, life lessons, situations and experiences I have had in the last 20 years. I know that I have grown into someone that I am proud to be as I hold my work ethic as something important and defines me. I am confident, and have been able to experience different life aspects from the inmates to employees I have worked with. I am ambitious, as I want to continue my growth as a person and employee within the Department of Corrections. Lastly, I have matured, this was not what I anticipated as a career, but I have developed and continue to develop to help people, by being fair, consistent, and professional.
Who has influenced you the most?
Two, people have influenced me along the way: Mrs. Joni Brown, Deputy Director of Adult Prisons, who has passed away. She was influential in how I wanted to be a Supervisor, and be able to continue in her professionalism as she had shown me and continued to do within her career. Mrs. Maria Martinez, HR (retired), she was a good friend and co-worker as she taught me a lot about myself, how to stick up for myself, and that if you are truthful and follow policy you can never go wrong!
What is the best advice you can give someone starting out a career in corrections?
Lately, the department as made major changes to assist in life skills, programming, classification and recidivism with the department. This has been a culture change for staff and inmates. The Department has been implementing email and computers to assist when they are released back to society. Also, there has been a new trend in the age and education as per the persons applying and attending the academy. They have been good changes, but it all takes time to show the long term results and that is what we are looking forward to.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Currently class #333 has 36 cadets going through the Training Academy who are working hard to become Probation/Parole and Correctional Officer’s.
What they are trying to do isn’t easy. Every day our PPO’s and CO’s go to work in what can be dangerous and hostile environments. They have to constantly stay on their toes and think quickly. These types of things contribute the vacancy rate.
Our vacancy rates at each of the facilities are as followed:
Due to these vacancies our rookies will go into a job that requires mandatory overtime. They know the challenges of the job and still they are committed. Good luck to the cadets as they continue on their journey.
Please take some time to thank the PPO’s and CO’s around you for being committed to the public safety of New Mexico.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Location: Grants, NM National Guard Armory
2001 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020
NMCD is excited to offer this opportunity to join our family of correctional professionals. This event is a rapid hire process so we are hopeful that people can come in the morning and leave with a guaranteed job by the afternoon.
If interested please bring the following documents:
- Birth certificate
- Valid driver’s license
- High school diploma
- Social security card