Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Reducing Segregation

One of our goals at NMCD has been to reduce segregation. It is important because 96% of inmates in our custody will return to your communities, and we want them coming back better than they left.
This is a Level VI Cell

It is important for us to continue to develop and improve our segregation policies. One area where we have made strides is in our release unit. Formed in the last year, this unit takes offenders who will release soon but are too violent or cannot be in general population, and moves them to a specialized unit where they interact with other inmates, take programming, and learn skills they will need to re-enter society.

For offenders still in segregation we have increased programming and opportunities for them as well. The department has a goal to reduce the use of segregation to 5% by next. Year that's more than half from where we started a few years ago.

This is just another piece of the public safety puzzle.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Suboxone... BUSTED!

We deal with drugs everyday. Our teams find them in the mail, on the side of the road, on visitors, you name it. The same is true when it comes to drug of choice, our teams and K9's are catching heroin and cocaine one day and tobacco and marijuana the next. But there is one drug that is really causing problems, suboxone.

The little orange strips are meant to help ween people off heroin, but they also give off a high. They are big business in prison, with strips being divided into several pieces and sold off for up to $20 a slice. This is a public safety issue. Drugs in our prisons systems mean drug deals in our neighborhoods.

Suboxone is sometimes given out free to addicts in the hopes of curbing addiction, but we have even seen people trade their suboxone subscription for real heroin. The person who traded now smuggles the small orange pieces into the prison.

We have found suboxone in the mail, crushed up and used as a water color that can be licked and ingested, hidden behind stamps, dropped on the side of the road, etc. Let's make something very clear, if you try to bring drugs into our prisons, you will be arrested and could become our newest inmate.

That being said, check out the 100 strips we just caught on a visitor, who as the Secretary likes to say, made a fools choice.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bake Me a Cake...

On December 6, six level VI inmates started the first cake decorating class at PNM! We know that's a lot of 6's... but we aren't going there :)  So far they have completed 4 weeks of classes, rolled a lot of fondant and may or may have not sneaked a lot of tasting samples of the icing!

The purpose of the cake decorating class is to show the inmates patience. It takes time to decorate a cake and you have to have a good temperament because things can go wrong.  It is also a great opportunity for them to learn a skill that they can use when they get out of prison.

 All of the inmates in this program have previously graduated from our Roots for Success class! Don't know what that is, check out our blog from the other day. 

The inmates will now use these skills to provide for others. Inmates who have a child visiting on a special occasion, let's say that kids birthday, will now be able to order a special cake to surprise that little one!

In everything we do, we try to each the offenders of supporting others, and providing cakes to connect families is a great way to do that! This is also a chance for some of the men in our highest custody level to get to see how their actions, good or bad, affect others.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

STIU Absconders

Our STIU investigators have been tasked with taking absconders back into custody. Almost every week a probationer or parolee decides to break the conditions of their release and stop checking in. These absconders may think they are going to be left alone but that is not the case. Security Threat Intelligence Unit (STIU) will find them.

This is a crucial piece of public safety, because like Secretary Marcantel likes to say, "They are not absconding to join the Peace Corp."

Did you know that our STIU officers and partners in law enforcement arrested 2615 asbconders last year!

We still have a lot of work to do, there are about 1,700 absconders currently on the run. 

Have you seen any of our most wanted?