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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
First Days are Always Full of Questions
There are things in life you can learn once and always remember,
like how to ride a bike. Then there are days when I can't remember what I had
for lunch! We know it's easy to forget some of the details and facts of our business,
and we also know that having a quick reference can really help. So, to kick off
the session we thought we would share some FAQ's with you about the New Mexico
Did you know...
Corrections Department houses approximately 7,000 inmates in 11 facilities.
of offenders in our custody will return to our neighborhoods one day.
the department is housing 421 inmates that have been sentenced to life in
prison. This means they have to serve 30 years before they are eligible for
average age of lifer inmates is 45.
are currently no inmates assigned to the New Mexico Corrections Department that
are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.
average inmate cost taxpayers $104 a day. Medical or high needs inmates cost on
average about $124 a day.
Corrections Department has a goal to reduce the use of segregation, bringing
the percentage of inmates held in segregation from 9.6% of its total population
are reducing segregation by moving non-predatory gang member inmates into new
population, using other discipline options such as loss of good time, and
creating new programming to help inmates work together to provide new
Corrections Department has an STIU division that works to stop the introduction
of contraband into our facilities and tracing the contraband back to the
2012 officers confiscated 14 cell phones, more than 300 illegal drugs and just
shy of 100 weapons.
there are 1,768 inmates in New Mexico prisons serving time for drug crimes.
are also 553 inmates serving time for DWI.
43 Probation and Parole offices across the state serving approximately 17,000
majority of offender contact is made outside the office at an offender's home
help offenders connect to educational, job skills, and life skill programming.
We even have officers who go out of their way to make sure the children of
offenders have coats in the winter, a backpack to head to school with, or a
Christmas gift to open. These officers often provide these little gifts using
money out of their own pockets.