Monday, March 30, 2015

Tickets on Sale NOW!!

NMCD 2nd Bi-Annual Craftsmanship and Trades Fair 

The New Mexico Corrections Department is proud to announce the 2nd bi-annual Craftsmanship and Trades Fair! This great event brings inmate artists and the community together in a way no regular art show can! Join us May 2, 2015 at the Penitentiary of New Mexico (4311 NM 14, Santa Fe, 87508) from 9am-4pm.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online . There will be tickets available at the door as well, but it will be limited. Credit cards and cash will be accepted, NO CHECKS. Also, come hungry! Great breakfast and lunch items will be available to purchase.

(Don't forget a portion of every sale goes to Victim's Reparation, the offender's children/family, a savings account, into programs to teach other offenders skills, and back to the artist.)

Now for the important stuff: The Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair is May 2nd only. No one under the age of 16 will be permitted into the fair. You must wear closed toe and heeled shoes, no low cut or tight shirts, no short shorts and skirts. All clothing needs to be prison appropriate. Also, no drugs, weapons or alcohol are allowed on prison grounds. THIS INCLUDES IN YOUR CAR! Your car will be subject to search upon entering the facility. If drugs, weapons or alcohol is found it could result in your arrest for a felony charge.

Hey! Did this email get you thinking about Old Main tours? We thought so! Here is the link to buy tickets to this season’s tours! Don’t forget, every dollar spent goes back into the revitalization project. We do not use any taxpayer money but instead rely on donations and tours! Same important info applies to Old Main as it does for the fair.

Have questions? Email Alex Tomlin, Director of Public affairs at a

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Inmate Clubs

Inmate clubs are an important part of re-entry. They foster and promote good citizenship in prison and after release from prison.

An inmate club is an inmate organization that is supervised by staff and approved by the Warden. The inmate club must have a staff sponsor. This person can be any staff member. There can also be a community sponsor which is a non-staff sponsor of an inmate group.

Inmate clubs are an important way to promote family bonding, life skill development, moral development, and successful re-entry after release.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Looking to the Future

Today Secretary Gregg Marcantel was unanimously confirmed for a second term. This means four more years of heartfelt leadership. The corrections department is in good hands.
The department's goals continue to include reducing recidivism by 10%, gender specific programming, reducing segregation, education, and much more.

It is our mission to provide inmates with learning opportunities as well as make our neighborhoods safer."We commit to the safety and well-being of the people of New Mexico by doing the right thing, always."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Adopt a Dog!

Everyone needs a furry friend in their life. Why not adopt a dog from our P.A.W.S. program.

Sam is a beautiful Lab mix, male, 3 years 6 months old.

Adrina is a lovely Boxer mix, female, 2 years old.

Hazel is an adorable Boxer/Lab mix, Female, 2 years 10 months old.

All three of these lovely pups are looking for forever homes. A dog is a mans best friend, after all. For more information on adopting one of these lovable pets follow the link below.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


The Prisoners and Animals Working toward Success program at Southern provides education for both inmates and dogs. The program allows the inmates to train the dogs in basic obedience classes for eight weeks.
The program teaches the inmates patience and compassion and how to become productive citizens.
For more information on the program and adopting one of the dogs here is a link

Monday, March 2, 2015

Commissary Program

The commissary program provides inmates at the six state run correctional items such as toothpaste, ramen, potato chips, and many more items.

It also provides employment for 15 inmates. This provides them with valuable skills such as inventory, forecasting, stocking and shipping.

Inmates can become forklift certified which is another skill that can help them find jobs when they leave prison.