Thursday, June 26, 2014

Inmate Fire Crews Doing Their Part

Secretary Gregg Marcantel is always preaching inmate accountability. This is two-fold; holding offenders accountable for their actions, but understanding that a majority of them can and want to be accountable. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is the Inmate Fire Crews.

We trekked along yesterday in the Jemez as they did work that may seem small, but could make a huge difference. Take a look!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Our Neighbors Need Your Help!!!

The New Mexico Corrections Department prides ourselves on being good neighbors. Public Safety is our number one goal, and sometimes that takes more than just supervising inmates in the prisons or offenders on probation and/or parole (PPD). We never shy away from stepping up, whether it's officer's using their own money to buy Christmas presents for children of offenders, or volunteering their time to help others, community comes first.

Last year we had a very successful bottled water drive during the floods.
Some of our PPD staff suggested round 2 for the folks currently being displaced by the Assayii fire. Since fire season is here, we thought not only could we host a water and non-perishable food drive for these neighbors, but take in supplies to have ready if future fires break out (of course we hope and pray they won’t).

So, please spread the word that water can be dropped off at any regional or district PPD office. Here is a map of our regions and offices.

We appreciate your help and care for our neighbors!

Monday, June 16, 2014

"Most Wanted Offenders" more than just faces on a poster

You may have seen our "Most Wanted" posters. But have you really stopped to look at the faces on the flyers? Sometimes we fall into that "I wouldn't know anyone on this list" mentality, but is that really true?

Every week we sit at a red light next to another driver, stop to get groceries in a crowded supermarket full of unknown faces, hit the gym or take a run/walk around your neighborhood with strangers passing by, or maybe catch a movie/dinner/concert/ or a number of other fun things at a new location. You never know when one of these offenders could pass right by you, but if you ignore the flyer, you will never know.

Second thought, "Why would these people matter to me?" Well, the Secretary likes to say that offenders don't abscond from supervision because they joined the Peace Corps. When an offender doesn't want to check in, follow the rules and stay on track, it's normally because they have fallen back into substance abuse, may have committed a new crime, are hanging out with the wrong crowd, you name it. The New Mexico Corrections Department's mission is centered on public safety, and allowing offenders to not follow the rules and abscond isn't good public safety. We won't stand for it and neither should you.

We are here to help offenders better themselves, but for those that aren't ready to take responsibility and be held accountable, it's important that they face a judge or the Parole Board to be held responsible.

So, will you take a few minutes and get a good look at the offenders on our June flyer? Then look for them when you are out and about; it could make more of a difference than you would ever know.