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Monday, January 27, 2014
New Programming, New Opportunities
Did you know the average New Mexico inmate has less than a high
school education?Many do not have a
skill or trade. As part of our commitment to public safety, we work to return
offenders back to our communities better than they came to us. We are expanding
this commitment by expanding our offender programming. Here is a look at just
some of the new programming:
*Offender Hobby Craft - offenders will now be allowed to make
art, wood projects, or other goods to sale to the public. A portion of the
proceeds will go to the offender's children (if they have any), victim's
organizations, and back into other programs for inmates. This income can help
take the burden of taxpayers to pay for inmate programming. (To learn more
about this, please see our blog from January 23rd on the Old Main
*Bakery at Springer -- NMCD is standing back up a full culinary
kitchen at our Springer Facility. This program will teach cooking and baking
skills to offenders and train them to get jobs as chefs when they leave prison.
*Cowboy Up! - This program is also at Springer and will pair
former veterans with abused and abandoned horses seized by the livestock board.
These horses will be nursed back to health by the offenders. At the same time
the offenders will be receiving treatment and programming using the horses.
*Greenhouses - offenders at our Central New Mexico Correctional
Facility will soon be growing fresh vegetables that will be used for food
service at the prison. This program will also give inmates horticulture and
agriculture skills. (They are going up! See pick below)
*Landscaping program - inmates are already xeriscaping prisons as
part of a program to teach them landscaping skills. This program also helps
facilities to save water and be better neighbors by removing grass and
replacing it with stone.
*Sustainability in Prisons Project – turning trash into treasure!
Okay, not really. But we are working to repurpose, reuse and rejuvenate items
that once would have been tossed into the garbage. (More on this in an upcoming
blog! Stay tuned!)
These are just some of the exciting new programs happening at