many state correctional organizations get public kudos from a sitting U.S.
president? In a time when our state seems to fare poorly on so many
lists, the courage and work of the men and women of the New Mexico
Corrections Department (NMCD) now translates into national standards.
Four years ago, the department undertook a hard look at itself.
In a reexamination of our mission, we agreed that as a
correctional system were about public safety, not quiet prisons.
We acknowledged that because 96% of all offenders sentenced to prison
eventually return to our neighborhoods, what we do behind our prison walls and
what we do supervising offenders on parole within our state’s neighborhoods is
essentially supercharged public safety! In our development of a new
vision, from the line to the executive levels of our organization, we agreed to
dedicate our work toward setting the ethical and operational standards for
correctional practices in our state. Now, as you will see on pages 75 and
76 of the U.S. Department of Justice Report and Recommendations Concerning
the Use of Restrictive Housing, the remarkable men and women of the NMCD
not only continue to translate that vision into reality for our state,
but for our nation, as well.
Now, an organization for so long known only for the most violent and tragic prison riot in American history, leads the nation into a new era of public safety-centered practices. We hope you are as proud of these remarkable men and women as we are! We hope that you see the parallels of our work on segregation and the safety and security of New Mexico’s neighborhoods! Thank you for all you do!
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