Public Affairs

Acting Director


  • Off: 505.827.8600

Public Affairs Coordinator

Ashley Espinoza

The Public Affairs Office is dedicated to providing a better understanding of the New Mexico Corrections Department's daily functions. We strive to be honest, transparent, and CREDible in our interaction with media and the public.

The New Mexico Corrections Department is dedicated to promptly and accurately responding to media requests and giving the media access to our employees, our facilities, our policies and our inmates. We know that our actions and openness will show our commitment to doing the right thing.

"We commit to the safety and well-being of the people of New Mexico by doing the right thing, always."

Media Inquiries

If you are a member of the media and have questions about our department or its employees please contact the Public Affairs Director or Public Affairs Coordinator. Your inquiries are always welcome. All New Mexico Corrections Department employee interviews must be coordinated through the Public Affairs Office.

Inmate Media Interviews

Inmates are allowed to give media interviews. First the requesting reporter or news agency must file out the Media Request Form for Inmate Interviews form and send it to the Public Affairs Office. The inmate must respond in writing that they agree to be interviewed. At that point, please contact the Public Affairs Director or Public Affairs Coordinator.

Public Records Inspection Request

The Inspection of Public Records Act is intended to provide the public with access to information governmental affairs. The law requires public access to virtually all public records with a few exceptions most records are available for public inspection. Each state agency and local governmental entities have designated a records custodian to whom requests to inspect records should be addressed. To request to inspect records from this office please send a written request to:

  • Office of General Counsel
  • c/o Assistant General Counsell, Andrew Kuhlmann
  • New Mexico Corrections Department
  • PO Box 27116
  • Santa Fe, NM 87502-0116
  • E-mail:
  • Fax: 505.827.8533

1980 Prison Riot at the "Old Main"

February 2, 1980 inmates at the "Old Main" Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe initiated one of the most brutal and infamous prison riots in corrections history.  At the time of the riot there were 1157 inmates in an 900 capacity prison. The conditions were difficult for the inmates; bad food, overcrowding, and the lack of vocational and educational programming.  During the 36 hours of the riot, 33 inmates were murdered, 14 corrections officers held hostage and over 100 prisoners were raped, beaten or stabbed.  

The New Mexico Corrections Department "Old Main" tour season is from May to October. Tours are hosted the first two Saturdays of each month during that time. We focus on the theme, "Respecting our past to create a better future." Respect means honoring those who were murdered or brutalized during the riot and being honest about the factors and circumstances that led up to the event, took place during those 36 hours and have followed us in the 30 years since. The department is very clear that the system failed the men who were murdered or injured in the riot and we approach the tours as an informational opportunity to explain how the agency has changed, how we prepare inmates to return home and how it affects the community.

The tours are strictly historical, based on the Attorney General's report and witness accounts from the time. The Department will not and does not condone or participate in any type of ghost or paranormal type tours.

If you would like to buy a ticket to the tour please click here (be sure to read the important information page for age, clothing and other restrictions):

Are you scouting for a film or commercial production at "Old Main" or other Facilities?

Old Main

Film Production at "Old Main"

Prep: $500/per day
Shoot: $1,000/per day
Corrections Officer: $40.00/per hour per officer while on property.

For more information please contact Sonia Suazo at 505.218.3262

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