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.