Public Affairs Director

Public Affairs Director

Alex Tomlin

Off: 505.827.8660
Fax: 505.827.8533
Alex.Tomlin@state.nm.us

Public Information Officer

Public Affairs Coordinator

Vacant

Off: 505.827.8675
Fax: 505.827.8533

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 & Inmate Inquiries
  • Press Releases
  • Public Records Inspection Requests
  • Old Main History
  • Filming with Corrections
  • Social Networking
  • Other Links

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.

2013

May 15, 2013 - Inmate File Audit – Phase 1 Results

April 28, 2013 - Corrections Officer helps take down stabbing suspect

April 22, 2013 - New Mexico Corrections Department wins Quality New Mexico Adobe Recognition

April 20, 2013 - Correction Officer Arrested

April 12, 2013 - Proactive audit of inmate files finds early release

March 28, 2013 - Parole officer under investigation resigns

March 11, 2013 - SB 572 heads to the Governor's desk

March 08, 2013 - Suboxone seized in tampered legal mail

March 05, 2013 - Sex Offender arrested after attack – Rio Rancho

March 04, 2013 - Heroin seizure at the Lea County Correctional Facility

March 02, 2013 - New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) Officer Arrested.

February 10, 2013 - New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) Sergeant Arrested.

February 07, 2013 - New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) Officer's Assaulted.

February 06, 2013 - New Mexico Corrections Department Employee Arrested on a Traffic Warrant.

January 30, 2013 - Offender involvement in Child Neglect – Las Cruces

January 27, 2013 - Sex Offender Fugitive ‐ Albuquerque

January 27, 2013 - Drug contraband interdiction at Los Lunas Level II Correctional Facility – Los Lunas

January 24, 2013 - New Mexico Corrections Department Probation/Parole Most Wanted Fugitive Apprehended – Santa Fe

January 05, 2013 - New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) Officer Arrested for Aggravated DWI, Speeding, and Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle.

January 05, 2013 - Correctional Officer Eli Martinez, 24 Years of Age.

January 04, 2013 - Offender Wheat has convictions of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Possession of Child Pornography)(5 Counts).

2012

December 31, 2012 - Western New Mexico Correctional Facility (WNMCF) Employee Charged with Possession of Marijuana

December 07, 2012 - Former Probation and Parole Officer Arrested

December 05, 2012 - Probation and Parole Officer Arrested

November 02, 2012 - Probation/Parolee Ricky Garcia Arrested for Connection with Bank Robbery in Hatch

October 25, 2012 - Probationer Rene Hermosillo Arrested Due to Probation/Parole Officers' Diligence

October 24, 2012 - Probation and Parole Halloween Operation

October 16, 2012 - Probation & Parole Officer's Keen Offender Supervision ends in Sexual Exploitation of Children Charges against Offender

October 1, 2012 - Follow-up on Absconders from Rehab Facility

September 27, 2012 - Probation and Parole Officer under Investigation

September 26, 2012 - NENMDF Inmate Dies During Flight to Hospital

September 24, 2012 - Manhunt for Several Absconded Probationer/Parolees

September 19, 2012 - SNMCF Correctional Officer Arrested

September 18, 2012 - Governor Susana Martinez Announces Partnership Between Corrections & UNM Anderson School of Management

September 14, 2012 - LCCF Lock Down

September 14, 2012 - CNMCF Correctional Officer on Administrative Leave

September 13, 2012 - Update NMCD Statewide Audit

September 12, 2012 - Background on Zachary Green

September 12, 2012 - Wanted Probationer/Parolee Caught

September 10, 2012 - Probation/Parole Southeast Summer Nights

September 08, 2012 - Probationer Arrested for Indecent Exposure

September 08, 2012 - Employee Improperly Used State Vehicle

September 07, 2012 - Corrections Officer Arrested

August 29, 2012 - Probation and Parole Assist in Taking Down Meth Lab in Los Lunas

August 27, 2012 - Grants Probationer on the Run

August 27, 2012 - SNMCF Visitor Busted for Drug Contraband Attempt

August 20, 2012 - Escape Attempt at LCCF

August 20, 2012 - CNMCF Correctional Officer Arrested

August 15, 2012 - Inmates Help Rescue Crash Victim

August 13, 2012 - SCC Security Threat Intelligence Officers Thwart Family Contraband Attempt

August 10, 2012 - Update on Statewide Audits of Inmate Files

August 08, 2012 - Probationer Arrested by San Miguel County Sheriff's Department

August 08, 2012 - Absconder Arrested in Alamogordo, NM

August 07, 2012 - New Mexico Corrections Department Employees on Administrative Leave

August 07, 2012 - Probationer and Parolee Arrested

August 03, 2012 - Inmate Early Release

August 03, 2012 - Inmate Transported to Albuquerque Hospital

August 02, 2012 - PNM Fire

August 01, 2012 - SNMCF Corrections Officer arrested

July 31, 2012 - Contract Employee Working at a New Mexico Correctional Facility Arrested

July 30, 2012 - Contract Employee Working at a New Mexico Correctional Facility Arrested

July 27, 2012 - Probation/Parolees Arrested in Conjunction with Santa Fe Property Crime Sweep

July 25, 2012 - New Mexico Prisons Statewide Audit Update

July 24, 2012 - New Mexico Prisons Shakedown Results

July 24, 2012 - New Mexico Corrections Department Investigating Contract Employee Criminal Misconduct

July 18, 2012 - Springer Lt. on Administrative Leave

July 16, 2012 - Probation and Parole Officer on Administrative Leave

July 12, 2012 - New Mexico Prisons Are On Lockdown to Conduct Statewide Shakedown

July 12, 2012 - NMCD Statewide Audit

July 11, 2012 - Inmate Returns to LCCF

July 11, 2012 - Shooting Suspect and Probationer on the Run

July 11, 2012 - New Mexico Corrections Department Employees New Reporting Time

July 11, 2012 - NMCD Employees on Delayed Schedule

July 10, 2012 - Inmate Returns to LCCF

July 06, 2012 - Lea County Correctional Facility Inmate Attacked

July 06, 2012 - Probationer in SWAT Situation Wanted

July 02, 2012 - Probationer Arrested for Possession of Firearm

June 28, 2012 - Anthony Romero will return to his position of Deputy Director of Adult Prisons

June 24, 2012 - Lea County Correctional Facility Inmates Involved in Stabbings

June 22, 2012 - Mexico Corrections Department Releases Inmate Late

June 22, 2012 - Probationer Identified as Homicide Victim

June 21, 2012 - New Mexico Corrections Department Employee on Paid Administrative Leave

June 20, 2012 - Employee Placed on Administrative Leave

June 20, 2012 - Probationer Jerry Lee McDonald Information

June 19, 2012 - Aramark Employee Involved in Drug Bust Arrested

June 17, 2012 - Major Drug Bust Involving Contract Employee at Southern New Mexico Corrections Facility

June 12, 2012 - Little Bear Fire Inmate Crew

June 10, 2012 - Dangerous Fugitive in Custody

June 09, 2012 - Search for Dangerous Fugitive

June 07, 2012 - Probationer Arrested in Moriarty, NM

June 07, 2012 - Probationer Arrested in Sandoval County

June 02, 2012 - PNM Corrections Officer arrested

May 31, 2012 - Probation and Parole Tracked Down Absconder

May 25, 2012 - New Mexico Corrections Department Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested

May 25, 2012 - Probationer Ria Edenfield Arrested

May 23, 2012 - Probationer Juan Rubalcava Arrested

May 21, 2012 - NMCD Probationer/Parolee Ryan Dimas Arrested

May 16, 2012 - Investigation into NMCD Employee

May 15, 2012 - NMCD statement for COMPLAINT FOR THE RECOVERY OF DAMAGES CAUSED BY THE DEPRIVATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS (D-1314-CV-2012-00604)

May 14, 2012 - Prison Rape Elimination Act Video

May 11, 2012 - CNMCF Officers Bust Inmate and Wife Smuggling Suboxone

May 11, 2012 - Public Safety Day

May 06, 2012 - NMCD Probationer/Fugitive Brandon Chavez Arrested

May 03, 2012 - NMCD Investigation into Inappropriate Release of Inmate

May 01, 2012 - Probationer Arrested by Santa Fe Police

May 01, 2012 - Offender arrested for charges of armed robbery.

May 01, 2012 - New Deputy Secretary of Operations

April 26, 2012 - Press Conference on Prison Rape and Prison Rape Elimination Act

April 24, 2012 - NMCD Probationer Marcos Atencio Involved in Espanola Shooting

April 20, 2012 - NMCD Probationer Dennis Aragon in Custody

April 20, 2012 - NMCD Probationer Robert Northrup Arrested

April 12, 2012 - Security Threat Intelligence Unit officers arrest Reynaldo Antonio Vargas

April 12, 2012 - Fire at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

April 11, 2012 - Probationer Gerardo Sustaita Arrested

April 10, 2012 - Thomas Trujillo Arrest

April 07, 2012 - Penitentiary of New Mexico Correctional Officer Arrested

April 04, 2012 - Search for Wanted Probationer

March 22, 2012 - Probationer/Parolee Erminio Gonzalez Arrested

March 26, 2012 - Homicide Victim was Probationer

March 22, 2012 - Investigation into Unauthorized Inmate use of Telecommunications Devices at CNMCF Completed

March 22, 2012 - Probationer Tyler East probationer Arrested

March 20, 2012 - New Mexico Corrections Department Deputy Secretary of Administration Appointment

March 15, 2012 - Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Brandon Black Arrested

March 03, 2012 - Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Arrested

February 27, 2012 - Investigation on Medication Dispensing Error

February 27, 2012 - Elias Atencio probationer arrested

February 25, 2012 - Probation and Parole Officer uncovers Sexual Assault of a child

February 25, 2012 - Arrest of Offender Caleb Edward Rogers

February 23, 2012 - Garcia & Martinez Arrested in Espanola

February 18, 2012 - NMCD Offender Apprehended

February 13, 2012 - CNMCF Corrections Officer on Administrative Leave

February 06, 2012 - Good time and lump Sum awards of Central New Mexico Corrections Facility, including Carlos Fierro's

January 27, 2012 - Victims notification to get boost in funding if existing money can be used to notify them

January 18, 2012 - New Mexico Corrections Department Training Academy Director Appointment

January 18, 2012 - Probation and Parole Division Director Appointment

January 13, 2012 - Rio Rancho Wanted Man Arrested

January 13, 2012 - Michael Armijo Jr. Resigned

January 11, 2012 - New Mexico Inmate Transported to El Paso Hospital

January 11, 2012 - Special Investigation - Major Adino Castillo

January 09, 2012 - New Public Information Director - Cristina Rodda

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 General Counsel, Jim Brewster
New Mexico Corrections Department
PO Box 27116
Santa Fe, NM 87502-0116

E-mail: nmcd-ipra@state.nm.us
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 known prison riots in Corrections history.  At the time of the riot there were close to 1200 inmates in an 800 capacity prison. The conditions proved to be difficult for the inmates due to small living spaces, overcrowding, and the lack of vocational programming.  During the 36 hours of the riot, 33 inmates lost their lives, and many inmates and staff were injured. 

The riot has been a part of history that changed the rights for inmates and staff alike. Today, NMCD and its private partners are accredited by the American Correctional Association and is one of only a handful of other states that have earned the prestigious Eagle Award. A Corrections Department earns the Eagle Award when all areas of the Department are accredited.  NMCD continues to grow and adapt to population changes, staffing challenges, and budget shortages.

The New Mexico Corrections Department has scheduled 22 public tours at the Penitentiary of New Mexico "Old Main" prison for the New Mexico Centennial year celebrations. There are over 150 people signed up for each tour.  The tours are such a huge success that all our tour dates are booked for the rest of the year. The tours are a commemoration of the progress the Department has made since the 1980 prison riot and are a sign that the Department is growing and gaining public trust by opening its doors and inviting the public to share our accomplishments.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the tours, please call 505-827-8645.  If you requested to be part of a tour by e-mail and are not on the list for a tour, please forward the original e-mail to  nmcd-tours@state.nm.us and you will be given a special tour date

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: $30.00/per hour per officer while on property.

For more information please contact us at 505.827.8660

We are not scheduling productions at "Old Main" for now. Keep checking this web page to find out when we are accepting productions again.

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