Wednesday, December 9, 2015


This season is a time for all of us to reflect on what we have and be thankful for it. It is a time to give back to those who are in need.

Inmates from Central New Mexico Correctional Facility did just that a few weeks ago by serving the homeless at the annual Joy Junction Thanksgiving meal.

We are so proud of their positive attitudes!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Community Outreach

During the weekend of October 3rd and 4th around 45 offenders participated in the Nob Hill Community Service Project. More than 250 hours of Community Service were completed. In one weekend they all worked hard to clean up the area.

These types of projects are so important, not only for the community but for the offenders. It gives them an opportunity to give back and make a difference. It also gives the offenders an opportunity to interact with the community.
It was a great day for everyone involved and we thank you for your hard work!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

October Craftsmanship and Trades Fair

We are excited for October! Why you ask? Aside from falling leaves, cozy socks, and Halloween. The Craftsmanship and Trades Fair is October 3rd!!!
Prepare yourself for a day of awesomeness! Save your money now, there will be so many unique and amazing pieces. We will have metal art, wood furniture, jewelry, crosses, art, cooking utensils, bird houses, you name it!
Why not do all of your Christmas shopping in one go. You will have it done early and the people on your list will get some beautiful and unique presents!

Don't forget that this event benefits victims, children of offenders, other inmates learning new crafts and much more! A portion of the proceeds will go to that inmate’s children or family members, to the Crime Victims Reparation Fund, and to support other inmate vocational programs. The inmate will also receive a portion of the proceeds and some will be placed in a savings account to aid the inmate when he or she is released.

Join us! Tickets are only $5 – You can purchase them here

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


As the last days of summer are winding down and fall approaches, inmates at the Level II hoop houses are busy harvesting their crops.

Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Squash oh my!

They have an abundance of yummy fruits and vegetables. So far they have harvested chile, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. These fruits and veggies are used in the kitchen, so the inmates are reaping what they sow.
Hear from Ray Thomas to find out what his favorite thing about the hoop houses is in the video below!

Thursday, September 3, 2015


At Central New Mexico Correctional Facility inmates are working side by side to learn basic carpentry skills. This includes hours of classroom work and hands on experience. With this hands on experience they are learning everything from framing, sheet rock, and roofing.

Programs such as this one provide the inmates with a skill set that can be used to find jobs when they leave prison and 96% of them will get out.

Check out our video on the program!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


August 1st was DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs.  It is a good time to highlight all of our dog programs across the state that help shelter dogs.

At the NMWCF there is Heeling Hearts. This program pairs incarcerated women and rescue dogs taking them through a therapeutic and skills training program.

Over at SNMCF there is the PAWS program. PAWS provides education and life skills for both inmates and dogs.

In Hobbs at LCCF they have the Second Chance Pups. They work with the city of Hobbs Animal Adoption center to enhance the skills of inmates and get dogs adopted into life long homes.

Not only are these programs teaching inmates skills that they can use to find a job, they are teaching them compassion. They are learning how to be self-less instead of selfish. They have to be passionate and kind to their animal in order to teach it. These type of programs give them a chance to give back.

Sometimes all we need is a second chance to make a difference.

Check out our P.A.W.S. video on YouTube!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Inmates Giving Back

One of the reasons people come to prison is because they are selfish. They have made choices and only thought about themselves. 96% of these individuals are going to get out of prison. It is great to see the inmates make better decisions and realize how selfish their actions have been.

NMCD inmates at different facilities throughout the state have shown their unselfishness by donating money to children who have a parent behind bars. In total they have donated $5,000 towards scholarships for New Mexico Incarcerated children.

This money will provide educational opportunities to these children. This also shows how the inmates are giving back to the community. They want to make a change and make a difference.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

PPO Week

Last week Probation and Parole offices around the country celebrated PPO week. it is a time where there hard work and dedication can be celebrated.

Probation and Parole Officers' are on the front lines holding offenders accountable and providing protection to their communities. They supervise offenders returning to the community many times they are put in dangerous situations. They rarely get the recognition that they deserve.

Our staff is so amazing and of course they don't do their job for the recognition. They do it because they want to make a difference, change offenders lives, and protect their communities. We are proud of all that they do.

It is great to take a week to celebrate them and all of their contributions.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Giving back to the Community

Last Friday the New Mexico Corrections Department partnered with the Santa Fe Police Department to give inmates a chance to give back to the community. Low level inmates were sent to the station to landscape their grounds.
We were able to speak to Chief Eric Garcia and Inmate Hadeem Bland. They both stressed the importance of an inmate work crew such as this one.
This gives inmates an opportunity to go out there and gain skills that they can use in the future. It also gives them an opportunity to give back.
 Check out the video below!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SNMCF Level II Bicycle Restoration Program

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility’s Bicycle Restoration Program restores bikes to give to people in need of them. This program not only gives inmate skills; it also provides them a way to give back to the community.

 In total 40 bikes have been completed. Of those, 20 have been given to local low-income families or individuals.

 Recently Offender Mary Gutierrez' bike was stolen off of her porch. It was her sole method of transportation to work. Her PPO Tyler Kruger showed his CRED by reaching out to Warden James Mulheron and Deputy Warden Joe Lytle at SNMCF asking for their help. SNMCF generously donated a bike from their bike restoration program to Ms. Gutierrez. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Not only it is the goal of NMCD to provide programming and opportunities for inmates, it is also NMCD's job to keep the inmates we have in custody safe.  We are committed to ensuring safe prisons. Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility has demonstrated this by successfully passing their PREA Audit.

PREA is the Prison Rape Elimination Act.  it is an act put into place to protect individuals from prison rape.

Seven out of eleven of our prisons are PREA compliant. We strive to not only meet these standards but exceed them.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Employee of the Quarter

Every day the staff of the New Mexico Corrections Department come to work and get the job done. They do so without expecting any praise. They do so because we are one team one mission and that mission is to reduce recidivism by 10% in three years. Employee of the Quarter is a way to acknowledge the people who not only do their job, but who go above and beyond.

This quarter it was important for us to not only celebrate the employees who did win, but to acknowledge those who were nominated because that is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Trish Gallegos and Deputy Secretary Booker
 Trish Gallegos was nominated for her wonderful work as a Paralegal. She has continuously shown dedication to her job. She manages the Office of General Counsel.
Paul Trujillo and Deputy Secretary Booker
Paul Trujillo was nominated for his excellent work as a Budget Analyst. He is always willing to help others out. He has a positive attitude that is noticed by all those around him.
Sonia Suazo and Deputy Secretary Booker
Sonia Suazo was nominated for her exemplary work as the Agriculture and Horticulture Specialist for Corrections Industries. She has been with the department for a short time, yet has made a huge impact. She is dedicated to inmate programming and is making a difference.

Kevin Stack was nominated for his great work in the Information Technology Division. He was unable to be at the meeting because he was manning the phones. that itself shows the dedication he has to his work.

Michelle Bowdon and Deputy Secretary Booker
Michelle Bowdon received Employee of the Quarter for her hard work and dedication as the Deputy General Counsel.She is doing two jobs in one at the moment and does them both without a complaint. She is an asset to the department. We are so thankful for her effort.
Richard Martinez and Deputy Secretary Booker
Richard Martinez received Employee of the Quarter for his commitment to his work as the Health and Safety Manager. his  vast knowledge and experience has made him a vital member to the department.

Every single person in the Corrections Department is an important member of the team. Thank you all for everything that you do!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Demonstrating CRED Year Round

NMCD employees across the state are committed to demonstrating credibility, responsibility, ethics and dedication. They do this in so many ways throughout the year. Both inside and outside of work. Day in and day out. Most recently they have done this by participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Torch Run encourages Law Enforcement agencies from across the state to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics New Mexico. This year our officers participated from Las Cruces, Los Lunas and Albuquerque.
The torch arrived in Las Cruces on May 28th.

The Albuquerque team had the honor this year of leading the procession from Civic Plaza to UNM Stadium.

These participants demonstrate every day how committed they are to making a difference in offenders lives. They also demonstrate CRED by giving back to the community.           

"We commit to the safety and well-being of the people of New Mexico by doing the right thing, always."

Monday, June 1, 2015

Absconder Round-Up




Media Outlets Sent-State Wide
Reference: Absconder Round-Up

Date of Release: June 1, 2015

 Details: The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) along with officers from the New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe Police, Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, Rio Arriba Sheriff’s office and the Narcotics Task Force, conducted a routine operation across northern New Mexico to target offenders who have absconded from probation or parole.
The operation took place Friday May 29th and Saturday May 30th and resulted in the arrests of twenty (20) absconders.

“Our job is to help offenders either transition back into the community on parole or guide them through probation to keep them from committing new crimes. But our number one focus is protecting the public and if you abscond, we have a duty to find you as part of our public safety mission,” Deputy Secretary of Operations Joe Booker said.

The NMCD is grateful to our partners in law enforcement for assisting in this operation. All offenders will have to face a judge or the parole board to determine if they will spend the rest of their supervision in jail or prison.

 Here is a list of the absconders arrested: