Friday, November 18, 2016

Suboxone


Drugs are a daily occurrence in prison. Our teams find them on visitors, in the mail and on the side of the road. They see many different types of drugs from heroin, cocaine, and marijuana one day to tobacco the next. They see them all. One drug that is seen frequently is Suboxone.  Most people outside of drug addiction recovery programs and prisons have not heard of Suboxone. Suboxone is a drug used as treatment for opiate addiction.  Although this is the purpose of it, these little orange strips also give off a high.

It has become coveted as contraband. Smugglers have tucked strips in cards and behind envelope seams and stamps. They are a big business in prison. The strips can be divided into many pieces and sold off for up to $20.
In 2015 1841.89 strips, 84 pills, 102 small hits and 2 loaded syringes w/ Suboxone were discovered by staff.


 
 
 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Acting Cabinet Secretary David Jablonski


We are happy to welcome David Jablonski as the Acting Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Corrections Department.

 

David Jablonski has over 20 years of both federal and state public safety experience.  Prior to being appointed Acting Secretary of Corrections by Governor Susana Martinez, David served as the Deputy Superintendent of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department.  As Deputy Superintendent, David managed all of the regulatory entities in the state including Alcohol and Gaming, Securities, Financial Institutions, Boards/Commissions, Administrative Services and the Construction Industries Division.  Balancing public safety with the best business practices was a key component in safeguarding the best interests of the state of New Mexico.

 

David also served as a member of Governor Martinez’s Executive Office Staff, where he was responsible for overseeing multiple agencies related to public safety, law enforcement, and corrections.  This included the New Mexico Corrections Department and the Children, Youth, and Families Department.   

 

During his career with the Corrections Department, from 1997-2011, David served as a Probation/Parole Officer, District Supervisor, Training Instructor, Region Manager, Deputy Director and his last position held was Director of the Probation and Parole Division.  Throughout his career, David has been a part of several initiatives for the Corrections Department including the creation of the first specialized sex offender supervision units, expansion of the drug courts statewide, implementing statewide fugitive apprehension units, and strengthening the department’s criminal management system. 

 

 David Jablonski is also a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1991.  David holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Halloween Operation


 On Halloween, New Mexico Department of Corrections Probation/Parole worked with local law enforcement agencies across the state to conduct random visits to the homes of registered sex offenders under supervision. Every year our Probation/Parole Officers make it a priority to be active around the state to ensure the offenders are in full compliance.

In Sandoval county 34 field calls were conducted and they resulted in one arrest made.

The Hobbs probation and parole office had 18 offenders report to the office at 2pm and they were released at 9 pm. During this time Hamburgers were grilled, staff and each offender donated $10 to purchase the food and drinks. There was an outdoor screen and sound system provided by Marty Martinez, Youth Director from First Christian Church. Mr. Martinez also spoke to the offenders and provided words of encouragement.

When there is a collaborative effort between law enforcement agencies it is a step towards true public safety. These types of operations are crucial to keeping New Mexico safe. When people work together we can make a bigger difference in our communities.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Reducing Recidivism


One of our goals here at the New Mexico Corrections Department is to reduce recidivism. We want to keep offenders from coming back to prison. This is a team effort and it cannot happen without the hard work of everyone.

Our goal is to provide incarcerated individuals with the tools needed to become responsible members of the family, workforce, and community upon release. One of the ways we accomplish this is by providing offenders with programming. The types of programming we provide are cognitive, family reunification, post-secondary, reentry, and vocational.

The vocational programs provide inmates with an opportunity to learn skills they can use to find employment when they get out of prison. Currently these programs include:

Automotive

C-Tech

Electrical

Equine Rescue

Microsoft Office Proficiency

Welding

Carpentry

Barbering

Advanced Computer technologies

Weaving

Advanced Computer Technologies

Braille

HVAC

Wind Energy

Building Trades-Cabinetry

 

The average New Mexico inmate has less than a high school education. All of these programs offer the participants the ability to learn job skills that will assist them during their re-entry into the community.

 

NMCD is committed to making New Mexico a safer place providing inmates with the necessary to transition out of prison is a step towards this.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Inmate Clubs


NMCD is committed to helping establish inmate self-help groups also known as inmate clubs. These clubs must support family bonding, life skill development, moral development, and/ or successful re-entry after release. These clubs reduce inmate idleness and they provide offenders an avenue to develop skills that can prevent them from returning to prison when they get out.

The inmate clubs are required to donate 15% of their profit from fundraisers and due collections once a quarter. 10% of the profit is donated to an outside good will organization of the group’s choice.  5% of the profit is donated to a Creative Corrections Education Fund.  This money goes directly to the children of New Mexico Inmates and former inmates whose children are attending college.

Recently two Inmate Clubs have supported their community with donations.  Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility Community Youth Awareness Inmate Club donated backpacks with school supplies and diapers to the children of Jardin De Los Ninos. 
 
Also at southern the PAWS club raised money to purchase backpacks and supplies including notebooks, loose leaf paper, pencils, markers, erasers, glue sticks, scissors and a water bottle for students at 3 different elementary schools in Las Cruces.


 These are just two of many examples of inmates giving back and making a difference.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

An Interview with Nina Salcido


Nina Salcido is a Unit Manager at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility who has been with the New Mexico Corrections Department for 20 years. She started out as a Secretary and continued to advance within the department becoming a Records Clerk, Records Manager, Classification Officer, Records Coordinator and now a Unit Manager.


How has corrections shaped you into the person you are today?

 I would not be the person I am today without all the work, life lessons, situations and experiences I have had in the last 20 years. I know that I have grown into someone that I am proud to be as I hold my work ethic as something important and defines me. I am confident, and have been able to experience different life aspects from the inmates to employees I have worked with.  I am ambitious, as I want to continue my growth as a person and employee within the Department of Corrections. Lastly, I have matured, this was not what I anticipated as a career, but I have developed and continue to develop to help people, by being  fair, consistent, and professional.

Who has influenced you the most?

Two, people have influenced me along the way: Mrs. Joni Brown, Deputy Director of Adult Prisons, who has passed away. She was influential in how I wanted to be a Supervisor, and be able to continue in her professionalism as she had shown me and continued to do within her career.  Mrs. Maria Martinez, HR (retired), she was a good friend and co-worker as she taught me a lot about myself, how to stick up for myself, and that if you are truthful and follow policy you can never go wrong!

What is the best advice you can give someone starting out a career in corrections?

It was told to me when I began that in Corrections there is always an opportunity for advancement; this is true there is constant movement and advancement within the department. You can learn job skills, life skills, so you can continue to promote within the department or outside.  Research prior to be sure this is an environment you want to be a part of, because it takes certain individuals to apply, work and retire from corrections.

What do you see as upcoming trends in corrections?

Lately, the department as made major changes to assist in life skills, programming, classification and recidivism with the department. This has been a culture change for staff and inmates. The Department has been implementing email and computers to assist when they are released back to society. Also, there has been a new trend in the age and education as per the persons applying and attending the academy. They have been good changes, but it all takes time to show the long term results and that is what we are looking forward to.



Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Once again our employees across the state are making a difference in their communities.

For the last several years the Region I employee club started selling T-shirts to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness month. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Susan G. Komen foundation and others in need.


The Employee Club at the Penitentiary of New Mexico is also selling T-shirts to raise money for a good cause. All funds will go to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, located in Santa Fe.
This is another example of how our employees demonstrate Courage, responsibility, ethics and dedication not only in the workplace but outside of it as well.
We are lucky at NMCD to have people who care about other people and giving back.


Monday, September 26, 2016

PREA

All eleven of our prisons are PREA compliant! This is a big deal and we are so proud of each and every person that worked hard to make this happen! Because of the compliance a few weeks ago Governor Martinez came out to present Certificates of Excellence to the Wardens and PREA Coordinators.

 For those of you who don’t know, PREA is the Prison Rape Elimination Act and it was passed in 2003. The purpose of the Act is to eliminate sexual assault and staff sexual abuse in prisons, jails, police lockups, private prisons, juvenile facilities and community confinement facilities.

The New Mexico Department of Corrections has a zero-tolerance policy for incidents of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment. We strive to eliminate these at all the Adult Prison Facilities across New Mexico. We are committed to ensuring safer prisons.

 
 
 
 

We strive to not only meet these standards but exceed them.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 







Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Absconders


Almost every week a probationer or parolee decides to break the conditions of their release and stop checking in. When this happens our Security Threat Intelligence Unit is tasked with tracking them down. Currently there are 1,703 absconders in the state of New Mexico.
With the joint efforts of STIU and other New Mexico Law Enforcement agencies, so far this year alone 2,210 absconders have been arrested.
Our job at NMCD is to help offenders transition back into the community on parole and guide them through their probation to keep them from committing new crimes. As part of our public safety mission we have a duty to protect the public and this means finding absconders.
You can help us. Many of these absconders are in and around your neighborhood. Take a look at our most recent Most Wanted and DWI Most Wanted posters to see if you recognize anyone. We are stronger when we are working together to keep New Mexico safe.
 


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Class #333


Currently class #333 has 36 cadets going through the Training Academy who are working hard to become Probation/Parole and Correctional Officer’s.

What they are trying to do isn’t easy. Every day our PPO’s and CO’s go to work in what can be dangerous and hostile environments. They have to constantly stay on their toes and think quickly.  These types of things contribute the vacancy rate.

 Our vacancy rates at each of the facilities are as followed:

 PNM-25%

CNMCF-29%

SNMCF-8%

WNMCF-46%

SCC- 49%

RCC- 45%

Due to these vacancies our rookies will go into a job that requires mandatory overtime.  They know the challenges of the job and still they are committed. Good luck to the cadets as they continue on their journey.
Please take some time to thank the PPO’s and CO’s around you for being committed to the public safety of New Mexico.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Mexico Corrections Department Job Fair



With the closing of Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, the New Mexico Corrections Department hopes to hire many of the staff who are without jobs.

NMCD is hosting a job fair in Grants at the National Guard Armory Thursday and Friday from 9-4.  We will have many of our divisions there and we will be hiring Correctional Officers, Probation and Parole Officers, Administrative positions, Food Service, and Medical staff.

Date: August 25th & 26th

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: Grants, NM National Guard Armory
2001 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020










NMCD is excited to offer this opportunity to join our family of correctional professionals. This event is a rapid hire process so we are hopeful that people can come in the morning and leave with a guaranteed job by the afternoon.
If interested please bring the following documents:
  • Birth certificate
  • Valid driver’s license
  • High school diploma
  • Social security card

 



Friday, August 19, 2016

Donation to Wounded Warrior Project


The Clovis Probation/Parole office donated 22 boxes worth of hygiene and clothing items to the Wounded Warrior Project.  It was approximately $700.00 worth of donations. Officials from the Clovis American Legion gathered the items and will submit them for donation.
 All of the Clovis officers took the time to collect all of these items. This is just another example of the Ethics and Dedication our Probation/Parole officers show on a daily basis. Not only are they making their communities safer, they are actively making them better.
Thank you to the Clovis team for going above and beyond to help your community!
 

Monday, July 25, 2016

National Probation/Parole Officer Week


Last week Probation and Parole Officers across the country were recognized for the hard work they put in every single day. They are on the frontlines and they handle heavy caseloads. Currently our PPO's have an average caseload of 110 per officer.
They do important work that too often goes unrecognized. They contribute to the safety of our cities and towns by supervising offenders returning to our communities. 96% of the inmates in our custody will be returning to our communities.

PPO's are a positive force of change in their communities. They help offenders become productive law abiding citizen through treatment, education and employment.

Thank you to all of our Probation/Parole Officers for making a difference!



 
 

 




Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Transport Vans

The New Mexico Corrections Department recently invested in several new state of the art prisoner transport vans.


The Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas is home to the state's Reception and Diagnostic Center. Because this where RDC is located, CNMCF transports inmates daily. They see dozens of transports every week as inmates are driven to more permanent living arrangements around the state.


Warden Ken Smith took some time to show us the vans and point out their safety features. They are equipped with cameras, cages, and an intercom system.


All of these features in the new vehicles help contribute to NMCD's commitment to the safety and well-being of the people of New Mexico by ensuring the secure transportation of the inmates entrusted to our care.



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DWI Absconders


Help us capture these DWI Absconders.  Many of them are repeat offenders that we want to stop before they drive drunk and hurt someone on the road. Help us keep New Mexico roads safe from drunk drivers.



 

The top ten most wanted DWI absconders are posted online here. New Mexicans with information on the whereabouts of any of these offenders are urged to call 911.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

National Teacher Appreciation


Last week was National Teacher Appreciation week. Recidivism Reduction Bureau Chief Lisa Salazar gave out certificates of appreciation to the educators in our facilities.

 

Thank you to all of our educators for all you do, your hard work is noticed and greatly appreciated.

 

 
 
“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” -Dan Rather
 
 

 

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Brooks Adams



Monday, May 2, 2016

National Correctional Officers and Employees Week


On this first day of a week of recognition for the value and service of the unsung heroes within our correctional ranks, there are many things we should pause to remember about these remarkable men and women. First, correctional officers across our state and this great nation serve our public safety every day by separating violent offenders from the community, deterring others from offending, and doing your very best to prepare offenders for reintegration into the community upon release. And while each component of their mission is essential to the integrity and dignity of our communities, so often their work is not fully understood and valued in ways the other, more visible elements of our criminal justice system are. Secondly, based on the constitutional reality that most offenders sentenced to prison will return to our neighborhoods, what the remarkable men and women of corrections do matters significantly to us each! What happens behind the concrete walls of our prisons or within the homes of offenders supervised under conditions of parole and/or probation matters to our neighborhoods, just as what happens in our neighborhoods matters for our prisons, jails, and community supervision programs. Finally, their calling, work, and challenges are often far more demanding and dangerous than many others. The offices and workspaces correctional officers occupy are some of the most harsh physical environments a person could voluntarily enter. Their work environments offer a constant threat of exposure to chaos and violence. And upon entering these exceptionally negative and potentially dangerous environments each day on our behalf, correctional officers not only must remain committed to a constant state of heightened vigilance and adherence to strict security protocols, but to remain truly effective, they must also remain willing to invest themselves into to others that the rest of the world has the luxury of throwing away.

 
This is probably why in 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating “National Correctional Officers’ Week.” Since that moment, the first full week in May has been recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, commemorating the contributions of correctional officers and personnel who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country.  The platform created on that historic day now provides us each with an opportunity to pay tribute to the remarkable souls (both past and present) who serve us quietly and often without the recognition they deserve.  So as you navigate through the demands of your days this week, I respectfully request that you pause to reflect upon how important the men and women of corrections are to our state and country.  Like so many others within our military and law enforcement ranks, without their service, within the span of a single generation, our way of life would cease to exist as we know it.  Should you have the chance to cross the path of one of our unsung heroes, I pray that you’ll take a moment to thank them for the exceptional few they are!  From the bottom of the hearts of many, happy National Correctional Officers’ Week!

 



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Old Main Tours 2016

Old Main Prison tours are here again. The first tours begin on Friday, May 6th and will continue the first Friday and Saturday of the month and will run until October.
These tours are to inform visitors about what happened during the February 2, 1980 riot and teach them more about the Corrections Department. The money from these tickets will go back into revitalizing the facility. For more information on dates and ticket availability click this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-main-prison-tours-2016-tickets-22180669981
These tours are centered around the "Old Main" theme; "Respecting our Past to Create a Better Future".




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Automotive Program



The Automotive program at Central New Mexico Correctional Facility provides vocational education and training for inmates in the automotive field.


This program offers the participants the ability to learn job skills that will assist them during their re-entry into the community.


Watch the video below.


Monday, April 11, 2016

4th Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair



The New Mexico Corrections Department is proud to host our 4th Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair!
There will be aisles and aisles of inmate art, woodworking, quilts, metal work, jewelry, crosses and so much more!! The event will take place on Saturday May 14th from 9am to 3pm.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
A portion of the proceeds will go to that inmates 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 – buy them here (make sure you read the important information section).

Friday, March 4, 2016

National Employee Appreciation Day


Every year, March 4th is set aside as National Employee Appreciation Day. It exists to give folks like me a reminder to pause and reflect on the value and importance of the folks I serve…to appreciate the personal privilege of walking along side of some pretty remarkable men and women. But this year, because I truly appreciate the priority you’ve shown our staff, even in the face of some pretty difficult economic conditions, I wanted to also thank you each as lawmakers and community members, as well.  I want to thank you for allowing me to serve!  It is one of my greatest privileges because I serve a worthy cause and some very noble people, to include you.

 For the correctional professionals that together, we have spent the last year talking about, more than ever, thank you for acknowledging their value and role for the safety and security of New Mexico’s neighborhoods. Regardless of their position description, job assignment, or specific work location, every day, when the exceptional men and women of the NMCD arrive at a facility or office somewhere in our state, they do so prepared to devote your time and talent toward something larger than themselves. Every project they work on, every housing unit or neighborhood they walk in their efforts to protect us, every decision they make, and every interaction they have…they do so with an underlying motivation to serve our public safety and well-being as a State. And regardless of whether what they do each day is as obvious as other functions within our criminal justice system or not, it is that simple motivation they possess that makes them exceptional! They do so everyday with far less recognition than their other public safety counterparts. Their servant hearts and work is what makes them each “appreciable!”! They make this day important!

Because what they do brokers hope for an otherwise difficult world…because they stand willing to invest themselves in those others the rest of the world has the luxury of discarding, I am grateful for the support and priority that the Governor and you each have given them this year.  Even though the fiscal limitations may have left us short of our ultimate needs, please know that because of your support, they will become that much more able to more consciously elevate the hope necessary for their correctional responsibilities, even in the face of great dangers and negativity they must confront daily.  And that’s a blessing because their mission and work essentially belongs to us all.  Please know that for as long as I’m in this position to serve you and them, it will remain a remarkable privilege to do whatever I can do to not only be a part of, but tell their story.  Thank you for listening!

 
So God bless you each! Thank you for all you do! Semper fidelis! 

 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hepatitis C


KRQE did a great story on the hepatitis c problem and how crucial Harvoni is to treating it.

As a fact refresher, there are approximately 3,125 inmates with Hepatitis C; this is roughly half of the inmate population.
Harvoni is the most effective treatment available and it has a 90%-98% cure rate and it has fewer side effects.

Here is the link to the story:

http://krqe.com/2016/02/18/state-braces-for-cost-of-game-changer-hepatitis-c-drug/

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Evidence-based Programming

The 2016 Legislative Session has arrived. This is one in a series of posts from the staff of the New Mexico Corrections Department. We intend to send a daily update to all our legislators with key points, facts, figures, personal stories describing life here at NMCD.


The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative recently published a web analysis featuring New Mexico’s good work implementing the Results First approach to evidence-based policymaking:

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/analysis/2016/02/11/new-mexico-embraces-evidence-based-policymaking
 
Last fall, after working with Results First for several years, the New Mexico Corrections Department adopted an administrative policy that confirms the agency’s dedication to evidence-based programming. The policy establishes a framework that demonstrates the agency’s commitment to a continual inventory of its programs, mandates that 70 percent of program funds are directed to evidence-based programs, and institutes contracting standards that require vendors to document use of evidence-based practices and monitor outcomes for homegrown programs to ensure that they meet their goals. With this administrative action, New Mexico has further established its culture of using evidence to inform decisions.
 
 
CONTACT: LUCY RIVER, POLICY & LEGISLATIVE OUTREACH DIRECTOR: 505.259.4743

Monday, February 15, 2016

RPP


The 2016 Legislative Session has arrived. This is one in a series of posts from the staff of the New Mexico Corrections Department. We intend to send a daily update to all our legislators with key points, facts, figures, personal stories describing life here at NMCD.
 
The Restoration to Population Program transfers former violent gang offenders who have denounced their memberships and followed the rules out of segregation, and back into population



This video follows just a few RPP inmates, some of whom lived in what was called the Level 6 super-maximum security facility for years. The footage captures their journey through the step-down program from there, to a Level 3 (lower security) prison, and then to a specialized general population facility just weeks later.


 
CONTACT: LUCY RIVER, POLICY & LEGISLATIVE OUTREACH DIRECTOR: 505.259.4743 OR LUCYA.RIVER@STATE.NM.US