New Mexico Corrections Department

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New Mexico Corrections Department
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of New Mexico
HeadquartersSanta Fe County, New Mexico, U.S.
Agency executive
  • Alisha Tafoya Lucero, Secretary

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.[1] It the department operates corrections facilities, probate and parole programs, a prisoner reentry services, and an offender database.[2]


This list includes detention facilities in New Mexico which house prisoners of the state.

Security Levels[edit]

Level I Level II Level III Level IV Level V Level VI
NENMDF No No Yes No No No
CNMCF Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
GCCF No No Yes No No No
LCCC No No Yes No No No
NMWCF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PNM No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
RCC No Yes No No No No
SNMCF No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
SCC No Yes No No No No
WNMCF No Yes Yes Yes No No

1980 riot[edit]

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.

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the New Mexico Corrections Department, five officers have died in the line of duty.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "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"
  2. ^ "NM Corrections Department |". Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  3. ^ "Springer Correctional Facility." (Archive) New Mexico Corrections Department. Retrieved on December 6, 2013.
  4. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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