COVID-19 in New Mexico
As of September 23, 2021, there are 247,353 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico.
In response to the first confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico, on March 11, 2020 Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a Public Health Emergency. For information regarding the public health orders, please visit https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-orders-and-executive-orders/
Population COVID-19 Testing and Outcomes
*This data is compiled daily by the New Mexico Corrections Department in collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Health
*Numbers are updated by 4PM each weekday and are subject to change
*Central New Mexico Correctional Facility (CNMCF) and Western New Mexico Correctional Facility (WNMCF) are both intake facilities
In-person visitation guidelines :
As of June 14,2021 all prison facilities will be open for non-contact in person visitation. All visitation be conducted under strict COVID-19 guideline as follows :
- All visitors will be required to wear a face covering
- All visitors will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
- Only inmates who are fully vaccinated will be approved for in-person family visitation
- All visitors will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result prior to entry that was taken within 72 hours of the visit
- All visitors at every facility must pass a medical screening upon arrival
- Face-to-face non-contact visits will be limited to one (1) visitor at a time per inmate
- All face-to-face non-contact visits will need to be scheduled in advance
- Individuals who wish to visit a loved one in any of the 11 prison facilities will need to apply and be approved for visitation. Incarcerated individuals will need to request they be added to the visiting list and upon the request, the proper forms will then be mailed to the applicant to complete and return to the prison facility for processing. After processing the applicant will be notified by the facility whether they have been approved or denied
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The New Mexico Corrections Department is vaccinating staff and incarcerated individuals under the guidance of the New Mexico Department of Health’s (NMDOH) current vaccine implementation phase. For more information on what phase New Mexico is currently in, please visit the NMDOH website
Do you want to register for your COVID-19 vaccine? Please use this tool to register with the New Mexico Department of Health. When available, NMDOH will send you a notification to schedule your appointment.
Prevention and Precautions
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- Each staff member is being medically screened before they begin their shift at every facility.
- Inmate’s weekly hygienic supply has been doubled at every facility.
- Probation and Parole (PPD) continues to work with DA’s and the judiciary to release probationers who were pending sentencing for technical violations.
- PPD is also applying non-custody sanctions for technical violations (except in cases where there is a threat to public safety) and submitting individuals currently incarcerated solely based on non-public safety technical violations to the Parole Board for re-parole consideration.
- NMCD continues to work daily under Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order to identify individuals eligible for early releNase.
- NMCD is also working continually to identify individuals over the age of 60 with preexisting conditions exacerbated by COVID-19 and are reviewing them for medical early release consideration.
- Inter-facility transfers are limited to need-based only.
- Phone call access has been increased in all facilities .
- All inmates are being provided with additional materials to communicate with family by mail.
- Interstate compact transfers-in are temporarily suspended.
- In an effort to maintain meaningful activity for our inmate population, education and behavioral health services and classes will be unaffected.
- All Parole Board Hearings are being conducted via video conference.
- All admissions from jails and courts are being redirected to the New Mexico Corrections Department’s Reception and Diagnostic Centers at Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas for male inmates and to the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Grants for female inmates.
- Each facility will be medically screening inmates upon arrival.
- Probation and Parole offices are exploring alternate methods of offender supervision.
- Officers remain committed to supervising offenders that present public safety risks to our communities.
- Necessities including medical services, behavioral health services, access to religious supplies and staff chaplains, food service and recreation are unaffected.
- Leadership in all facilities and region offices have been walking offices and facilities talking with staff, and conducting town halls and meetings with staff. They will be including union leadership in these meetings and will be present at shift changes to provide you with updates and make themselves available for questions.
- Facility and field managers have placed signage regarding proper hand washing, hygiene, information regarding COVID-19 symptoms, and numbers to contact the Department of Health throughout facilities and offices
- Bi-weekly video conferences with facility and field leadership and union representatives continue to take place.
- As a public safety agency we are trained in emergency response procedures. We are taking safety precautions involving sanitation procedures and we have procedures in place to respond if anyone in our facilities presents with symptoms. We are prepared to implement medical separation.
- Corrections Industries has provided each member of our staff and our entire inmate population with reusable cloth masks.
- Video visitation has been implemented at our state facilities and is available to all approved visitors and eligible inmates at no cost. For information on setting up a video visit, please contact your loved one’s facility directly.
- All new intakes are quarantined for 14 days and immediately tested for COVID-19
- NMCD and DOH will be testing 50% of facility staff for COVID-19 every week at each of the 11 prison facilities for the foreseeable future
- NMCD and DOH will continue satellite testing of the inmate population to include high risk individuals and new intake.
- Inmates continue to have access to legal materials in each facility.
- To schedule an attorney phone call, please contact your facility directly.
- For questions regarding legal visits, please contact Patrick Guerin at 505-827-8884