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 Corrections Department.

 

Did you know...

 

   The Corrections Department houses approximately 7,000 inmates in 11 facilities.

 

   96% of offenders in our custody will return to our neighborhoods one day.

 

   Currently, 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 parole.

 

   The average age of lifer inmates is 45.

 

   There are currently no inmates assigned to the New Mexico Corrections Department that are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.

 

   The average inmate cost taxpayers $104 a day. Medical or high needs inmates cost on average about $124 a day.

 

   The 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 to 5%.

 

   We 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 opportunities.

 

   The Corrections Department has an STIU division that works to stop the introduction of contraband into our facilities and tracing the contraband back to the streets.

 

   In 2012 officers confiscated 14 cell phones, more than 300 illegal drugs and just shy of 100 weapons.

 

   Currently there are 1,768 inmates in New Mexico prisons serving time for drug crimes.

 

   There are also 553 inmates serving time for DWI.

 

   The 43 Probation and Parole offices across the state serving approximately 17,000 offenders.

 

   A majority of offender contact is made outside the office at an offender's home or work

 

   Officers 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.