The New Mexico Corrections Department encompasses both Adult Prisons and Probation and Parole.
The Adult Prisons Division is the largest division within the New Mexico Corrections Department incarcerating approximately 6,700 inmates in six public operated and five privately operated facilities
The Adult Prisons Division oversees the Health Services Bureau, Office of Offender Management Services and the 11-prison facilities.
The Adult Prisons Division provides administrative oversight to six state-operated and five privately operated prisons. Adult Prisons oversees prison security systems, emergency preparedness, the Records Bureau, the Classification Bureau, the Security Threat Intelligence Unit, as well as the Health Services Bureau, which includes mental health and addiction services programs.
The Department continues its’ commitment to safe prisons. Corrections Emergency Response Teams (CERT) at each prison facility can be mobilized to respond to emergencies at any facility in the State. The Security Threat Intelligence Unit works closely with Adult Prisons to share and provide information so proper response can be made to potential threats.
The Adult Prisons Division works closely with the Office of Recidivism Reduction and Corrections Industries to implement evidence-based, promising practice and innovative programming for the purpose to reducing recidivism.
The Adult Prisons Division continues to build the Office of Offender Management Services. This is a consolidation of the Inmate Records Bureau and the Classification Bureau. This promotes public safety by improving the release process to prevent early and late releases. The evolution of this office as it takes more administrative responsibilities from the facilities will allow management at the facilities to increase focus on security and recidivism reduction programming.
The Adult Prison Division is committed to reducing the number of inmates housed in restrictive housing. Adult Prisons has utilized mission specific populations such as sex offender population, former law enforcement population and inactive gang member populations (Restoration to Population Program) to reduce use of restrictive housing. Adult Prisons is committed to placing only inmates who have engaged in recent predatory behavior in long-term restrictive housing. These predatory inmates are placed in the Predatory Behavior Management Program, which is a step down program that prepares inmates for successful return to prison general population.
The Adult Prisons Division is committed to strengthening and training Unit Management for preparing the middle managers who run individual housing areas to make the proper decisions to assist inmates in becoming successful returning citizens. Related to this initiative all prison staff will be given training to improve their social interaction skills with inmates. This training will include motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and mental health first aid.
The Adult Prisons Divisions added new technology to combat the new wave of drug concealment in body cavities by purchasing and installing 11 new body scanners at our prisons in Springer Correctional Center, Penitentiary of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Correctional Facility. This new technology has been effective in identifying foreign objects on an inmate’s body where we can isolate the inmate reducing the inmate’s ability to dispose or transfer the contraband.
The Adult Prisons Divisions continues to focus on gang reduction in our prisons; we have made some significant progress in dismantling two of our Security Threat Groups within our prisons (Los Carnales and Syndicate of New Mexico.) Our new Restoration into Prison Population is aimed at giving gang members a way out of the gang life with a new start at living in a gang free environment. The program has been successful through the implementation process and is showing promise. In addition the Special Management Population (SMP) was developed. This population focuses on individuals who are having issues with their own gang, cannot function at any other facility based on enemies or refuse to participate in the Restoration into Prison Population. The focus is for inmates to congregate in a 12 man general population setting with other inmates facing the same issues.
Adult Prisons Division has put a lot of attention on recruiting and retention. Equally as important, we have ensured we have a Mentoring Program at each of our facilities to assist in welcoming and providing the necessary on the job training and support to our new officers.
Probation and Parole Division supervises about 18,500 offenders at any given time. This includes Standard Supervision and Intensive Supervision.
– NM Men’s Recovery Academy: The Men’s Recovery Academy, located in Los Lunas, NM, serves offender’s statewide who struggle with substance abuse disorders as well as those who are dually diagnosis struggling with both substance abuse and mental health disorders. On average, the men’s academy successfully graduates 160 men through their 6 month long inpatient Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) each year. Throughout the year the men also participate in community service projects within the city of Los Lunas as well as attending community events like the 4th of July and Christmas parades. The men at the academy who do not have their high school diploma or GED also attend school throughout their time at the Academy to assist with long term employability.
NM Women’s Recovery Academy: The Women’s Recovery Academy, located in Albuquerque, NM, serves female offenders statewide who struggle with substance abuse and mental health disorders. On average, the women’s academy successfully graduates 100 women through their 6 month long inpatient Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) each year. The women’s academy also accepts pregnant women as well as mothers with their children (up to age 10) in our mother’s house. The mother’s program provides those women with parenting classes and family reunification counseling. Throughout the year, the women also participate in community service projects in the Albuquerque area. The women use music, dancing, yoga and sports as a way to relieve stress and heal from their previously addictive lifestyles. The women also attend school while at the academy to work towards obtaining their GED or high school diplomas.
Probation and Parole Division offers Programs
Pavilions: The Pavilions, located in Los Lunas, NM, serves female offenders in this gender-specific transitional living program in collaboration with Crossroads for Women. On average, the Pavilions can serve 22 women from across the State of NM in their 12 month long transitional program each year. The Pavilions consists of congregate housing, intensive case management and individual and group counseling that focus on life skills, vocational development, interpersonal relationships and addiction recovery. All services are aimed at helping women move towards independence and self-sufficiency.
Maya’s Place: Maya’s Place, located in Albuquerque, NM serves female offenders in this gender-specific transitional living program in collaboration with Crossroads for Women. On average, Maya’s Place can serve 35 women from across the State of NM in their 12 month long transitional program each year. Maya’s Place consists of congregate housing, intensive case management and individual and group counseling that focus on life skills, vocational development, interpersonal relationships and addiction recovery. All services are aimed at helping women move towards independence and self-sufficiency.
St. Martin’s Hospitality Center – Hope Works: St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, located in Albuquerque, NM operates both Dismas House and Covenant House serving as transitional living programs for both men and women across the State of NM. This program not only provide transitional living annually for up to 100 probationers and parolees but they also focus on long term housing stability, case management and treatment for those dealing with dual diagnosis as well as those with mental health diagnosis. St. Martin’s accepts many hard to place parolees and provides intensive services to assist in reducing their criminal behavior through treatment and interventions.
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