Monday, July 25, 2016

National Probation/Parole Officer Week


Last week Probation and Parole Officers across the country were recognized for the hard work they put in every single day. They are on the frontlines and they handle heavy caseloads. Currently our PPO's have an average caseload of 110 per officer.
They do important work that too often goes unrecognized. They contribute to the safety of our cities and towns by supervising offenders returning to our communities. 96% of the inmates in our custody will be returning to our communities.

PPO's are a positive force of change in their communities. They help offenders become productive law abiding citizen through treatment, education and employment.

Thank you to all of our Probation/Parole Officers for making a difference!


 
 

 




Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Transport Vans

The New Mexico Corrections Department recently invested in several new state of the art prisoner transport vans.


The Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas is home to the state's Reception and Diagnostic Center. Because this where RDC is located, CNMCF transports inmates daily. They see dozens of transports every week as inmates are driven to more permanent living arrangements around the state.


Warden Ken Smith took some time to show us the vans and point out their safety features. They are equipped with cameras, cages, and an intercom system.


All of these features in the new vehicles help contribute to NMCD's commitment to the safety and well-being of the people of New Mexico by ensuring the secure transportation of the inmates entrusted to our care.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Springer PREA Audit


Last week Springer Correctional Center passed their PREA audit with flying colors! Great work, SCC!

 For those of you who don’t know, PREA is the Prison Rape Elimination Act and it t was passed in 2003. The purpose of the Act is to eliminate sexual assault and staff sexual abuse in prisons, jails, police lockups, private prisons, juvenile facilities and community confinement facilities.

The New Mexico Department of Corrections has a zero-tolerance policy for incidents of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment.  We are committed to ensuring safer prisons.
Ten out of eleven of our prisons are PREA compliant. We strive to not only meet these standards but exceed them.






Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DWI Absconders


Help us capture these DWI Absconders.  Many of them are repeat offenders that we want to stop before they drive drunk and hurt someone on the road. Help us keep New Mexico roads safe from drunk drivers.



 

The top ten most wanted DWI absconders are posted online here. New Mexicans with information on the whereabouts of any of these offenders are urged to call 911.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

National Teacher Appreciation


Last week was National Teacher Appreciation week. Recidivism Reduction Bureau Chief Lisa Salazar gave out certificates of appreciation to the educators in our facilities.

 

Thank you to all of our educators for all you do, your hard work is noticed and greatly appreciated.

 

 
 
“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” -Dan Rather
 
 

 

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Brooks Adams



Monday, May 2, 2016

National Correctional Officers and Employees Week


On this first day of a week of recognition for the value and service of the unsung heroes within our correctional ranks, there are many things we should pause to remember about these remarkable men and women. First, correctional officers across our state and this great nation serve our public safety every day by separating violent offenders from the community, deterring others from offending, and doing your very best to prepare offenders for reintegration into the community upon release. And while each component of their mission is essential to the integrity and dignity of our communities, so often their work is not fully understood and valued in ways the other, more visible elements of our criminal justice system are. Secondly, based on the constitutional reality that most offenders sentenced to prison will return to our neighborhoods, what the remarkable men and women of corrections do matters significantly to us each! What happens behind the concrete walls of our prisons or within the homes of offenders supervised under conditions of parole and/or probation matters to our neighborhoods, just as what happens in our neighborhoods matters for our prisons, jails, and community supervision programs. Finally, their calling, work, and challenges are often far more demanding and dangerous than many others. The offices and workspaces correctional officers occupy are some of the most harsh physical environments a person could voluntarily enter. Their work environments offer a constant threat of exposure to chaos and violence. And upon entering these exceptionally negative and potentially dangerous environments each day on our behalf, correctional officers not only must remain committed to a constant state of heightened vigilance and adherence to strict security protocols, but to remain truly effective, they must also remain willing to invest themselves into to others that the rest of the world has the luxury of throwing away.

 
This is probably why in 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating “National Correctional Officers’ Week.” Since that moment, the first full week in May has been recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, commemorating the contributions of correctional officers and personnel who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country.  The platform created on that historic day now provides us each with an opportunity to pay tribute to the remarkable souls (both past and present) who serve us quietly and often without the recognition they deserve.  So as you navigate through the demands of your days this week, I respectfully request that you pause to reflect upon how important the men and women of corrections are to our state and country.  Like so many others within our military and law enforcement ranks, without their service, within the span of a single generation, our way of life would cease to exist as we know it.  Should you have the chance to cross the path of one of our unsung heroes, I pray that you’ll take a moment to thank them for the exceptional few they are!  From the bottom of the hearts of many, happy National Correctional Officers’ Week!

 



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Old Main Tours 2016

Old Main Prison tours are here again. The first tours begin on Friday, May 6th and will continue the first Friday and Saturday of the month and will run until October.
These tours are to inform visitors about what happened during the February 2, 1980 riot and teach them more about the Corrections Department. 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-2016-tickets-22180669981
These tours are centered around the "Old Main" theme; "Respecting our Past to Create a Better Future".