Friday, January 30, 2015

PPD Commmunity Service

The Probation and Parole Division has committed to giving back to the community. All five regions participate throughout the year in things such as coat drives, food drives, toy donations, and Breast Cancer Awareness walks. They take time out of their busy schedules to help out people in need.

 They are shining examples of courage, responsibility, ethics, and dedication.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Old Main

One of our goals at NMCD has been to restore Old Main. We believe it is important to never forget what happened there. Our focus at Old Main is to educate the public about the facts and factors of the riot. We think this is important in an effort to ensure that it doesn't happen again. It is all about respecting our past to create a better future.

The tours we have play a big role in educating the public. They are strictly history. Last season tours of Old Main ran from May to October the last two Saturdays of each month. They proved to be popular and sold out. Tickets have already gone on sale for the upcoming tours and they are selling fast.  The tickets ar $15.00 and the money from these tickets will go back into revitalizing the facility.

Here is the link to buy tickets to the tours:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Generations of Service

In the fall we launched a campaign to highlight how many different generations of families work in corrections. We have received many different photos from facilities across the state.

 We have father/son teams, mother/son teams, a group of brothers and a few 3 generation teams. When we say we are family we mean it. There is one you would rather have watching your back than family. At NMCD we are all family.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Reducing Segregation

One of our goals at NMCD has been to reduce segregation. It is important because 96% of inmates in our custody will return to your communities, and we want them coming back better than they left.
This is a Level VI Cell

It is important for us to continue to develop and improve our segregation policies. One area where we have made strides is in our release unit. Formed in the last year, this unit takes offenders who will release soon but are too violent or cannot be in general population, and moves them to a specialized unit where they interact with other inmates, take programming, and learn skills they will need to re-enter society.

For offenders still in segregation we have increased programming and opportunities for them as well. The department has a goal to reduce the use of segregation to 5% by next. Year that's more than half from where we started a few years ago.

This is just another piece of the public safety puzzle.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bake Me a Cake...

On December 6, six level VI inmates started the first cake decorating class at PNM! We know that's a lot of 6's... but we aren't going there :)  So far they have completed 4 weeks of classes, rolled a lot of fondant and may or may have not sneaked a lot of tasting samples of the icing!

The purpose of the cake decorating class is to show the inmates patience. It takes time to decorate a cake and you have to have a good temperament because things can go wrong.  It is also a great opportunity for them to learn a skill that they can use when they get out of prison.

 All of the inmates in this program have previously graduated from our Roots for Success class! Don't know what that is, check out our blog from the other day. 

The inmates will now use these skills to provide for others. Inmates who have a child visiting on a special occasion, let's say that kids birthday, will now be able to order a special cake to surprise that little one!

In everything we do, we try to each the offenders of supporting others, and providing cakes to connect families is a great way to do that! This is also a chance for some of the men in our highest custody level to get to see how their actions, good or bad, affect others.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

STIU Absconders

Our STIU investigators have been tasked with taking absconders back into custody. Almost every week a probationer or parolee decides to break the conditions of their release and stop checking in. These absconders may think they are going to be left alone but that is not the case. Security Threat Intelligence Unit (STIU) will find them.

This is a crucial piece of public safety, because like Secretary Marcantel likes to say, "They are not absconding to join the Peace Corp."

Did you know that our STIU officers and partners in law enforcement arrested 2615 asbconders last year!

We still have a lot of work to do, there are about 1,700 absconders currently on the run. 

Have you seen any of our most wanted?