Friday, February 27, 2015

Class #318 Graduation

Congratulations to class #318 for sticking it out a rough and tough 8 weeks to make through the Training Academy.

All of you have demostrated Courage, Responsibility, Ethics and Dedication.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

LCCF Graduates

Education is such an important aspect of reducing the recidivism rate. Below is an article that was in the Hobbs News-Sun in December. 12 inmates from LCCF received their associates degrees from New Mexico Junior College.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015



Behavioral Health and Transitional Living Services

RFP 50-770-15-04927


The New Mexico Corrections Department has issued an RFP for the following services:


Anger Management

Residential Treatment Dual Diagnosis

Gang Intervention Treatment

Gender Specific Transitional Living Centers

Life Skills Outpatient Program

Mental Health – Special Needs Outpatient Programs

Residential Treatment Sex Offender

Sex Offender Specific Halfway House

Sex Offender Outpatient

Residential Treatment Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Outpatient

Transitional Housing


The complete RFP can be found at

Deadlines, Scope of Work, Contact Person, Qualifications, etc. are stated in the RFP at the above mentioned site.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Craftsman Trades Fair

We held our first Craftsman Trades Fair in October. It gave inmates the chance to sell their art to the public. With more than 400 people and  $17,369.3, it was a success. They sold paintings, jewelry, quilts and much more art.

In total there were 20 offenders present at the fair to sell work from each of the prisons.

The proceeds were split four ways a portion of that money went directly to victims, offender's children and into programming to help other offenders obtain transferable skills. The rest goes back to that offender to reinvest into their business. We are excited to hold another one in May.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Puppy Power

Wonderful things are happening at the New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility. One of the programs that we are really proud of is the puppy program.  You may be thinking Puppies and prison? They don't really go together. We think they work just as well as peanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies.

Anytime pregnant dogs or litters of puppies find themselves abandoned, without a home NMWCF takes them in. The program allows inmates to take care of the puppies around the clock. They guide the moms through birth and take care of the pups. After they are old enough the puppies are taken to the Animal Humane of New Mexico and are adopted out.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Giving Back

In December we made it our mission to join in the Christmas spirit and give back. All of 11 prisons across the state joined us for 11 prisons of Christmas. If you don't remember our take on the classic 12 Days of Christmas Click on this link to watch the video we posted in December.


 Roswell Correctional Center teamed up with Harvest Ministries to sort, package and stock food.
Springer Correctional Center spread the holiday cheer by singing at a nursing home.
The staff from CNMCF took presents to children at an elementary school in Belen.
Inmates at Southern took part by putting up Luminarias for the folks at Desert Peaks Retirement Home.
Inmates and staff at PNM delivered $1100.00 worth of food and gift items.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Secretary of State Award/International

Yesterday NMCD became the second agency in the country to receive the service excellence award from the State Department and Secretary of State John Kerry.

"This award praises NMCD for the work of our training academy to mentor and train fellow correctional officers over the border in Mexico and beyond,” Secretary Gregg Marcantel said.“There may be nothing more like giving than coming together and walking along side our neighbors with like hearts.Our work with the State Department to assist our neighbors to the south is not only the right thing to do but when we consider the transnational impact of crime on either side of the border, in our support of the work, particularly in the Republic of Mexico, we are really helping ourselves.”
Our partnership with the United States Department of State to train International Correctional instructors has continued to be a huge success. In Fiscal Year 2015 there will be over 140 international corrections professionals trained by the NMCA staff.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Inmate Artists

 Many inmates in our prisons are great artists. In October they were able to display and sell their art at our first Hobby Craft Fair. 

We think it is important for them to be able to establish themselves as known artists.This will help them to start their own business once they leave prison. It is crucial for them to have these kinds of opportunities because 96% of the inmates in our custody will be leaving us.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hoop Houses

In September CI launched a partnership with NMSU to bring Hoop Houses to the Penitentiary of New Mexico. This program provides the inmates with horticulture vocational training.  The first step in the process was for the inmates to build the hoop houses. They built four of them within two days.

The inmates then begin the dirty work as they filled planters with dirt, installed an irrigation system and then they begin planting winter greens. They planted lettuce, kale, spinach and swiss chard.

The fresh produce is used to supplement the Level II cafeteria menu.The benefits of this program are  it helps reduce food costs and it provides the inmates with a skill that they can use when they leave the Penitentiary.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Training Academy

The Training Academy is responsible for the recruitment, assessment , selection and training of all new Correctional Officers and Probation/Parole Officers.  The Academy delivers high quality training that is aimed at developing high performing corrections professionals.

In 2014 the Academy developed a mentorship program. This change has brought NMCD a noticeable rise in officers hired and retained to attend a basic academy class.  The Academy is doing a great job in preparing cadets for everything they could possibly encounter while on the job.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Remembering our past to create a better future

February 2, 2015 marks the 35th anniversary of Penitentiary of New Mexico prison riot. 35 years. A lot can happen in that amount of time. For the Corrections Department we have strived to correct the issues that caused the riot in the first place.

35 years ago on February 2, 1980 inmates who were fed up with overcrowding and lack of programming took over the Penitentiary of New Mexico. It started with offenders overpowering four officers. In 22 minutes they had control of the whole prison. They had taken hostage of 14 officers. Inmates obtained power tools from a cellblock under construction, and used them to maim and torture other inmates. a total of 33 inmates were murdered during the riot. Though none of the officers held hostage were murdered, some of them were beaten, tortured, and stabbed.

The riot lasted a total of 36 hours. Although it was over, for the families of the 33 murdered inmates and the 14 officers held hostage; it would never be over. Some emotional and physical scars can never heal.

This is why it is so important for us to never forget what happened. We can't forget because we never want it to happen again. We can't forget because we need to honor the officers and murdered inmates. We can't forget because learning from our past is the only way to make the future better.

Project GPS

Project GPS stands for Geographical Proactive Supervision. It is a Project that Secretary Marcantel established.  It is a community partnership whereby Probation/Parole Officer conduct foot patrols in the downtown area to combat crime, identify and detour offenders and to establish positive working relationships with local businesses.

Project GPS has been a successful venture bringing together multiple law enforcement agencies, volunteers and Probation/Parole staff to patrol neighborhoods. The neighborhoods patrols have been great because it gives officers a chance to connect with the community. It also provides an additional layer of safety to the community.