Education Bureau

The Education Bureau is committed to Courageously and Responsibly providing quality educational\vocational programs and library services to incarcerated individuals. We are committed to the Ethical pursuit of educational excellence as we assist incarcerated individuals to become responsible members of the family, workforce, and community upon release. This will be accomplished through teamwork, Dedication, and collaboration with other departments, agencies, and the community at large.

  • We are a Courageous diverse, skilled, forward-looking work force that recognizes safety and security as essential business practices.
  • The New Mexico Corrections Department Education Bureau takes a Responsible and proactive stance in the development, implementation, and support of programs showing the most promise of successful transition back to the community, family, and workplace.
  • We require Ethical and sound fiscal management of public resources by using data driven decisions and evidence-based practices.
  • We are Dedicated to creating partnerships with other state agencies that can provide released inmates with those resources necessary to leading a productive, crime-free life.
Superintendent of Education Programs
Dr. Lisa G. Salazar
(505) 629-3405
Deputy Education Administrator
Leslie Bradley
(505) 490-5492
Charles S. Gara
Public Safety Center
615 1st Street, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility
Bob Williams, CNMCF / Supervisor of Education
PO Drawer 1328
Los Lunas, NM 87031.1328
505.383.3381 FAX
Guadalupe County Correctional Facility
David Lueras, GCCF / Education Director
PO Box 520
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
575.472.1068 FAX
Lea County Correctional Facility
Tonya Toomey, LCCF / Education Director
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, NM 88244
575.392.0006 FAX
New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility
Phillip Debarthe, NMWCF / CCA Education Director
PO Box 800
Grants, NM 87020
505.285.6828 FAX
Northeastern NM Correctional Facility
Amberly Ward , NENMDF/ Education Director
P.O. Box 626
Clayton, NM 88415
575.374.4010 FAX
Penitentiary of New Mexico
Patrick Woodbury, PNM/Supervisor of Education
PO Box 1059
Santa Fe, NM 87502
505.827.8221 North - 505.827.8967 South
505.827.8221 FAX
Roswell Correctional Center
Sharon Steen, RCC / Supervisor of Education
578 Chickasaw Rd.
Hagerman, NM 88232
575.625.3172 FAX
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility
Leanna Jackson, SNMCF/Supervisor of Education
PO Box 639
Las Cruces, NM 88004
575.523.3398 FAX
Springer Correctional Facility
Anthony Sanchez, SCC/ Supervisor of Education
P.O. Box 10, Area 1
Springer, NM 87747
575.483.3139 FAX
Western New Mexico Correctional Facility
Ben Cabrera, WNMCF / Education Director
PO Box 250
Grants, NM 87020
505.287.7015 FAX
Otero County Prision Facility
Deloris Simmons/ OCPF, Educator Director
10 McGregor Range Rd
Chaparral, NM 88021
575-824-3158 FAX

Adult Basic Education/General Education Diploma

Basic academic skills instruction and preparation for GED testing including career/technical, college readiness, Special Education, and adult literacy. Instructional delivery methods include classroom, one-to-one, small group, community volunteer tutoring, peer tutoring, computer-aided instruction, cell-to-cell instruction, and educational television. This programming is available at all state correctional facilities.


Courses assisting offenders in recognizing destructive behavior patterns and developing positive, pro-social thinking habits in all areas of their lives. Courses include Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)®, Moral Reconation Therapy Domestic Violence (MRT-DV)®, Charting A New Course, and Breaking Barriers. Programs and courses vary by facility.


Courses are offered through accredited colleges leading to Associate Degrees and Vocational Certificates. Students complete courses through mailed correspondence and closed-server, distance learning. College courses are provided in partnership with Eastern New Mexico University Roswell (ENMU-R) and Mesalands Community College (MCC). Students may also pursue college education under their own funding through an accredited post-secondary institution. Courses vary by facility.

Family Reunification

Courses that focus on family reunification including family literacy and skills. Residents learn parenting skills by reading to their children on audio or video tape, and meet family obligations during incarceration. Courses offered include Inside Out Dad, Fathers As Readers, and P.S. I Love You. Programs and courses vary by facility.


The Making the Right Turn to Reentry, pre-release guide is to prepare inmates for release back to the communities through a 14-20 hour instructor led program that provides an overview of the following topics, Identification, Life Skills, Housing, Education, Transportation, Living Under Supervision, Family, Health, Money Management and Employment. This program is provided for all inmates who are within six (6) months of release and must be completed prior to release.


The Education Bureau offers a variety of programs designed to increase student's ability upon release to find a viable career that offers a living wage. Programs and courses vary by facility. Courses offered include: Advanced Computer Technologies, Automotive, Barbering, Braille, Building Trades, Building Trades-Cabinetry, Carpentry, C-tech(Network Cabling), CORE, CORE Safety, Electrical (Residential Electrical Wiring), HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning), Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Office Proficiency, PC Maintenance, PC Specialist, Weaving, Welding, and WET(Wind Energy Technology).