Monday, October 20, 2014

Statewide Lockdown Ensures Safety


Media Outlets Sent – Statewide Media Release                                              

Reference: New Mexico Corrections Department statewide lockdown ensures prison safety

Date of Release: October 20, 2014


Details: New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown of all eleven (11) prison facilities as part of a periodic review to ensure safety and security.


During this time, officers and staff will review procedures, search and clear every housing unit, cell and inmate, and take account of the current condition of the facilities. Operations like this are vital to not only ensuring the safety of our staff and other inmates, but also promote the pro-social prison environments necessary for reducing recidivism.  Inmates found in possession of contraband will face disciplinary action.


"In our business it's necessary to consider failure and the worst possible circumstances on a regular basis.  The real secret for succeeding in these unforgiving prison environments is deliberate and intentional preparation.  That's why we have to pause periodically and take a good look at ourselves" Secretary Marcantel said.

This statewide operation does not have an end date and will be lifted as each facility confirms all aspects of the operation have been carried out. During this time, all visits will be cancelled until lockdown is lifted.