New Mexico Corrections Department
The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD; Spanish: Departamento de Correcciones de Nuevo México) is a state agency of New Mexico, headquartered in unincorporated Santa Fe County, near Santa Fe. It operates prisons in the state.
This list includes detention facilities in New Mexico which house prisoners of the state.
- Northeastern New Mexico Detention Facility, Clayton, Union County (privately operated by the GEO Group)
- Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, Los Lunas, Valencia County
- Guadalupe County Correctional Facility, Santa Rosa, Guadalupe County (operated by the GEO Group)
- Lea County Correctional Center, Hobbs, Lea County (operated by the GEO Group)
- Northwest New Mexico Correctional Facility (formerly New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility), Grants, Cibola County (operated by the Corrections Corporation of America; inmate capacity 611)
- Otero County Prison Facility, Chaparral, Otero County (operated by the Management and Training Corporation)
- Penitentiary of New Mexico, Santa Fe, Santa Fé County
- Roswell Correctional Center, Roswell, Chaves County (inmate capacity 340)
- Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, Las Cruces, Doña Ana County (inmate capacity 764)
- Springer Women's Facility, Springer, Colfax County (inmate capacity 296) (formerly Springer Correctional Facility)
- The former New Mexico Boys School opened on October 1, 1909. The New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) closed it in 2005 and was transferred to the New Mexico Corrections Department. It became the Springer Correctional Facility.
- Western New Mexico Correctional Facility, Grants, Cibola County (inmate capacity 440)
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See more: New Mexico State Penitentiary riot
The Penitentiary of New Mexico Prison Riot, which took place on the weekend of February 2 and 3, 1980, was the most violent prison riot to date in the history of the American prison system. During an inmate takeover lasting only 36 hours, 33 inmates were killed and 12 officers were held hostage by prisoners who had escaped from a dormitory in the main unit, the southern half of the prison. Inmates were brutally butchered, dismembered, burned alive with torches and hung up in the cell house for display. Although taking many years, this riot eventually led to several changes in New Mexico's prison system, including a modern inmate classification system modeled after the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, as well as the closing of the prison cellhouses and dormitories that were in use at the time of the riot.
Since the establishment of the New Mexico Corrections Department, 5 officers have died in the line of duty.
- List of law enforcement agencies in New Mexico
- List of United States state correction agencies
- List of U.S. state prisons
- New Mexico State Penitentiary riot
- "Directory Archived 2009-12-09 at the Wayback Machine.." New Mexico Corrections Department. Retrieved on December 7, 2009. "Physical Address: 4337 NM 14, Santa Fe NM 87508"
- "Springer Correctional Facility." (Archive) New Mexico Corrections Department. Retrieved on December 6, 2013.
- The Officer Down Memorial Page