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Today the New Mexico Corrections Department took a historic step. We bought 50 inmates from CNMCF to the Albuquerque Convention Center to serve the annual Joy Junction Thanksgiving meal to the homeless.
For our inmates this was more than just serving up turkey, this was about giving back to those in need!
We are so proud of their positive attitudes! They even received a round of applause at the end!
Do you remember the "12 days of Christmas" song? If you don't, or feel like having a flashback moment, watch the video below.
Well, we only have 11 prisons, but that's close enough! This year we are doing the 11 prisons of Christmas! It's a community outreach drive and every prison has been tasked with coming up with a project! The inmates will get to decide what they want to do to give back for the holiday!
Some have already agreed to buy gifts for children in need with the money in their inmate accounts, others are fixing bicycles, and some are even providing food for those in need!
I can't wait to see what they all come up with and do our own little song!
Do you remember what it felt like to put on your cap and gown, stroll down the aisle as they called your name, be handed that diploma and finally move your tassel from one side to the other? Most of our inmates have never felt that; in fact more than half didn't finish high school. One of those being Alvin Mariano. But recently, he felt for the first time the sense of accomplishment that graduation give you!
Alvin and five other high security inmates from Level VI were the first in our Roots for Success class!
(Take a quick look at a video we did right after the class started)
These inmates were humanely restrained in security chairs so they could not get to one another, but could work together on assignments. The BIG SURPRISE, the cuffs and shackles were taken off yesterday during graduation! You wont want to miss Alvin's reaction, it's the first time in four years he has been uncuffed outside of his cell.
Inmates at the Roswell Correctional Center have been lending
their skills to Habitat for Humanity. This partnership has allowed the inmates to interact with the community. With the help of these inmates from RCC a lot of time and effort has been saved.
Their hard work is getting recognized in Artesia with this great piece from the Artesia Daily Press.
A year ago Martin Anaya was in prison. Now he has a great
job and his life is headed down the right path.
He gives most of the credit to Moral
Reconation Therapy also known as MRT. MRT is a treatment used tois designed to enhance self esteem,
social, moral and positive behavior. Martin’s story is
another reminder that programming is a big part of reducing recidivism. He is a
great example that it is never too late
to change your life.