New Mexico inmate records are stored and maintained by the New Mexico Corrections Department. They are created when someone is first arrested. The initial document is called a RAP sheet which contains all their personal information like name, address, and physical description and then details about their crime. After that, as the prisoner moves through the justice system, everything that happens to them is noted in the file. These inmate records are updated daily and kept online so that anyone may perform an inmate search 24/7.
New Mexico makes it very easy for anyone to locate an inmate in a New Mexico prison. The process for finding someone in a local jail is different, however. The state of New Mexico does have a simple inmate locator on their New Mexico Corrections Department website, but they also contract with the VINELink system so that anyone can look up a New Mexico inmate in state prison at any time. They also have information for family and friends about visitation. Additionally, they supply an email address that someone can use to inquire about a specific inmate. The process for finding someone is simple:
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The New Mexico prison system is mainly comprised of state and private prisons housing the majority of all inmates. These facilities are overseen and operated by the New Mexico Corrections Department. The entire system includes:
New Mexico has six state prisons that house felons who have been sentenced to long-term sentences. The state also contracts with five private prisons to help with overcrowding and alleviate some of the responsibility on the New Mexico Corrections Department. They have some small juvenile detention housing facilities along with reintegration centers to help youth offenders get back on track. New Mexico does not have any federal prisons in the state, but they do have twenty-eight local county jails run by local law enforcement.
New Mexico’s prison system holds 7,055 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 4,015 residents are held in state prisons.
New Mexico has six state prisons spread throughout the state. One is specifically for female offenders and the rest house male inmates. Each has specific units with different levels of custody from low-security to maximum. The state prisons in New Mexico include:
The state of New Mexico makes it easy to find a state prison inmate. They have contracted with VINELink, and their entire inmate database is linked in with their system. Therefore, the steps to find a New Mexico State prison inmate are as follows:
The New Mexico Corrections Department also supplies an email address that someone can use to inquire about a specific inmate.
Almost every county in New Mexico has a county jail. These detention centers hold pretrial detainees and recently arrested individuals. They are run and managed by local county Sheriff’s Offices. The list includes:
Although the New Mexico Corrections Department does not keep county jail inmate lists in their central database, each county jail is operated by the local county Sheriff’s Office. Therefore, anyone wanting to locate an inmate in a New Mexico county jail can contact the Sheriff’s Office directly. Some of the local police and Sheriffs have websites of their own with inmate search features or listing of current residents.
The New Mexico Children, Youth, & Families Department (CYFD), Juvenile Justice Services Division manages and operates all the juvenile detention centers for the state. They employ the Cambiar model, which focuses on rehabilitation and regionalization rather than punishment and confinement. Along with rehabilitation, the centers offer “health care, behavioral health therapy, education and vocational training, culturally sensitive programming, religious services, artistic expression outlets, and physical recreation and movement.”
Typically, juvenile records are not available for public consumption. Therefore anyone wanting to locate an inmate in a juvenile detention center in New Mexico must contact the facility directly or contact the New Mexico Children, Youth, & Families Department (CYFD), Juvenile Justice Services Division . They do have information on their website for family and friends concerning visitation.
To help alleviate overcrowding and divert some responsibility, New Mexico has also contracted with five private prisons that house New Mexico inmates. These facilities, although privately owned and operated fall under the direction of the New Mexico Corrections Department. The New Mexico private prison facilities include:
The process for finding someone located in a private prison in New Mexico is the same as with state prison inmates. All prison facilities are under the direction of the New Mexico Corrections Department. Therefore, to perform an inmate search for someone in a New Mexico private prison simply follow the instructions below:
Approximately 18,000 people are incarcerated in New Mexico. Of that total, 7,100 are in state and private prisons. Another 8,300 are in local jails. Twenty-one hundred reside in federal prisons outside the state, 360 are in youth detention centers, and 40 are in mental institutions. More than 60% of criminals in New Mexico prisons are there due to violent offenses (which include rape and murder). The next three top reasons someone is in prison in New Mexico are property damage, drugs, and public disorder.
New Mexico’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 335, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 26%. The number of New Mexico prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 7,055, from which 10% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 6,344 in 2016.
Most prisoners being released from New Mexico prisons will go directly home to family or friends. New Mexico does not have any work-release programs or transitional facilities to house offenders who may need additional support for things like mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, or vocational assistance.
Parole in New Mexico is a supervisory program where an inmate is released early due to good behavior. The parole board monitors each inmate’s progress, and if they feel they have been rehabilitated and pose no threat to society, they may release them early. However, these parolees must comply with a list of 13 stipulations (posted on the Corrections Department website). If the parolee violates any of these directives, they will be returned to prison to finish out their sentences.
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|State Parole Population:||2,780|
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New Mexico also has a supervisory program called probation where a judge can sentence a few months or years of probation rather than prison. In this case, the probationer must follow all the court’s rules, including regular check-ins with a probation officer and routine drug tests, or they will immediately go to prison.
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|State Probation Population:||12,714|
|Change in 2016:||-7%|