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Friday, February 12, 2016
CORRECTIONS INDUSTRIES DIVISION
DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS
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 Corrections Industries Division (CID), an enterprise agency within the New
Mexico Corrections Department, was established by an act of the New Mexico
Legislature in 1978. As a business, Corrections Industries is committed
to maintain and expand inmate work training programs which develop marketable
skills, instill and promote positive work ethics, minimize inmate idleness and
reduce the tax burden of the Corrections Department. In addition, CID is
committed to continue to assist NMCD in reducing recidivism 10% over the next
CID is a unique blend of business and government, using private
industry tools and techniques to provide a public service.The Division is financed through a revolving
fund, from which all operating expenses are paid. Operations within the
correctional facilities are supported by sales to state agencies, schools,
county and local governments, and not-for-profit organizations. Hundreds of
inmates gain work experience and training as they produce high quality,
competitively priced products. The Division employs 16 staff and supervisory
personnel to manage an average of 300 inmates in 21 programs at seven different
facilities around the state.
The Corrections Industries Division is governed by an oversight
commission with advisory authority. The Commission’s seven volunteer members are appointed by
the governor with the advice and consent of the New Mexico Senate for staggered
terms of four years or less; the governor designates one member as the chair.
John Serrano, Chair,
Santa Rosa, NM
Jay Armijo, Vice Chair, Williamsburg, NM
Nick Brown, Clayton, NM
P. Robert Alexander,
Santa Fe, NM
Foreman, Las Cruces, NM
Van Norman, Corrales, NM
Cid done in the past year?
a joint venture program with Keefe Corporation to provide Canteen Services to
the inmates at all of the six state-run facilities providing 15 inmate labor
positions from the Penitentiary of New Mexico and provided Family Packaging
Services to the inmates at all of the six state-run facilities generating more
revenues for programming.
the “Old Main” tours addressing the issues surrounding the 1980 New Mexico
prison riot.Proceeds from ticket sales
were used to further the restoration of the “Old Main” as well as fund inmate
over operations of the kitchens at the Penitentiary of New Mexico and the
with NMSU to build Hoop Houses at the Penitentiary of New Mexico to grow
vegetables and fruit to support facility food services and ornamental plants
for use by the landscape crews.
with NMSU and Turquoise Trail Elementary School to build a Hoop House for the
students to grow fresh vegetables to support healthy food choices and to learn
about alternative programs.
THE HOOP HOUSE INITIATIVE?
Corrections Industries (CI) took over the Food Services for both
the Penitentiary of New Mexico and the Training Academy in October of 2014. The
goal was two-fold:
I. To provide a better meal without
any additional costs and
II. To focus on a vocational training
program in food services
CI collaborated with NMSU to build hoop houses at the
Penitentiary of New Mexico to provide fresh grown vegetables for the inmates
and provide a training program in agriculture for the inmates at the Level II.
In November 2014, with NMSU oversight, the inmates built four hoop houses.
Another four were recently completed.
WHAT IS THE VOLUME OF FOOD PRODUCED?
The four hoop houses generated over 850 lbs. of fresh vegetables.
ARE THERE COST SAVINGS?
Cost savings are not immediately measurable because fresh
vegetables were not served prior to the establishment of these hoop houses. Accordingly, no baseline exists for comparison. The fresh vegetables served
are in addition to the approved menu. If we can maintain the poundage of
vegetables, we can request that they be added to the menu instead of the canned
WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF inmate participation in the effort?
CI hired six inmates to cultivate the hoop house crops. In
addition, each inmate had to participate in the “Roots of Success” program. The
“Roots of Success Program is a four-week environmental literacy program;
specifically designed for learners who struggle in traditional academic
settings. The program engages students to think about their communities and
challenges students to practice environmentally conscious life styles. It also
prepares students for green jobs.
CONTACT: LUCY RIVER, POLICY & LEGISLATIVE OUTREACH