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.