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New Mexico Inmate Records

New Mexico inmate records contain information regarding persons held in state or privately-run detention centers, jails, and prisons in New Mexico. Generally, persons who obtain inmate records can expect to see the inmate's personal information and crime-related information. These include full name, age, charges, sentence, DOC number, facility of incarceration, and release date. The New Mexico Corrections Department is the record custodian for these records and will provide access to the record upon request per the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the New Mexico Department of Corrections

The New Mexico Corrections Department oversees the affairs of all NMCD correctional facilities, including state-operated and privately-owned detention centers, jails, and correctional facilities. While most facilities are operated based on the housing facility, resident inmates, and the initiative of corrections staff, the state corrections department implements statewide guidelines that form the basis of most jail-related operations. However, the New Mexico corrections department does not have jurisdiction over local correctional facilities in the cities and counties. Queries relating to county or city inmates may be made to county agencies or municipal agencies. There are six state-run correctional facilities and penitentiaries in New Mexico and five privately-owned facilities, including:

Central New Mexico Correctional Facility - Level I
3201 Highway 314 Southwest
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Phone: (505) 865-2728

Central New Mexico Correctional Facility - Level II
1525 Morris Road,
PO Drawer 1328
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Phone: (505) 383-3359

Penitentiary of New Mexico
4311 State Highway 14
P.O. Box 1059
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1059
Phone: (505) 827-8201
Fax: (505) 827-8283

Roswell Correctional Center
578 West Chickasaw Road
Hagerman, NM 88232
Phone: (575) 625-3100
Fax: (575) 625-3190

Springer Correctional Center
P.O. Box 10
Springer, NM 87747
Phone: (575) 483-3100
Fax: (575) 483-5030

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility
1983 Joe R. Silva Boulevard
P.O. Box 639
Las Cruces, NM 88004-0639
Phone: (575) 523-3200
Fax: (575) 523-3349

Western New Mexico Correctional Facility
PO Drawer 250
Grants, NM 87020
Phone: (505) 876-8300
Fax: (505) 876-8200

Guadalupe County Correctional Facility - The Geo Group, Inc.
1039 Agua Negra Road
P.O. Box 520
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
Phone: (575) 472-1001
Fax: (575) 472-1006

Lea County Correctional Facility - The Geo Group, Inc.
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, NM 88244
Phone: (575) 392-4055
Fax: (575) 392-2237

Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility - The Geo Group, Inc.
185 Dr. Michael Jenkins Road
Clayton, NM 88415
Phone: (575) 374-4005
Fax: (575) 374-4010

Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center - CoreCivic
1700 East Old Highway 66
P.O. Box 800
Grants, NM 87020
Phone: (505) 287-2941
Fax: (505) 285-6828

Otero County Prison Facility
10 McGregor Range Road
Chaparral, NM 88081
Phone: (575) 824-4884
Fax: (575) 824-3158

How to Send Money to an Inmate in New Mexico Prisons or Jails

Only persons included on an inmate's approved visitation list may send money to them. All monies must be sent via money order using the inmate's full name, personal details, and their designated five-digit Corrections number. Inmates will be notified of their payment via receipt, and the payment will be made into the inmate's commissary account with which jail purchases can be made.

To send items other than money, friends and family of inmates are advised to contact the jail staff of the inmate's facility for details regarding allowed and disallowed items. Items mailed to the inmates which do not meet suitability requirements may be confiscated or mailed back to the sender (if a return address is indicated).

How to Visit Inmates in New Mexico Prisons

Visitation guidelines and schedules are often specific to the facility where the inmate is located. However, the state corrections department established general criteria and procedures for inmate visitation, which applies to all facilities within its jurisdiction. Family, friends, and other intending visitors are advised to study the state visitation guidelines through the online prison lookup tool.

Inmates are required to submit a visitation list on which all persons who are allowed to see them will be included. To be listed, intending visitors must complete an application form CD-100201.1, after which the applicant will be notified of their approval or rejection. Subsequently, approved visitors will be issued a permanent visiting card after the RDC initial 30-day period. Upon entering a facility, visitors will be subject to routine searches and will be required to provide a suitable picture ID.

One-time visitors, prospective employers, persons traveling over 500 miles, and law enforcement agents may submit a special visit request form CD-100201.3, while an inmate's attorney must provide a 24-hour notice before arriving at the facility. Non-adult visitors must be escorted by approved persons above 18.

How to Contact New Mexico Inmates

While inmates are generally disallowed from all forms of electronic correspondence, including phone calls and emails, inmates may be allowed to receive mail. The requirements for inmate mail often vary with each facility. As such, the corrections staff of the institution should be contacted for information regarding the process.

However, as per state guidelines, inmate letters must be written on single-layer paper and mailed in similar envelopes. Padded, colored, and embellished papers/envelopes are discouraged, and letters should preferably be free from extraneous material.

Inmate mail should be sent using their full name and designated NMDC number to the P.O. Box of the facility where they are housed.

How to Perform a New Mexico Prison Inmate Search

A requester can do a New Mexico prison inmate search tool to perform a free inmate search by name for currently incarcerated persons. Alternatively, the requester may call (505) 383-2804 to obtain information on inmate housing, current sentence, detainee NMDC number, court information, and similar inquiries. Information unavailable through either of these channels may be requested specifically from the staff of the facility where the inmate is housed.

How to Perform a New Mexico Jail Inmate Search

The New Mexico Corrections Department website features an inmate lookup tool that interested persons can find a person in jail. To conduct an inmate search in New Mexico, the user will be required to know and provide the inmate's full name or NMCD number. Information regarding an inmate's sentence or legal status may also be obtained using this tool. For other related inquiries like how to find out if someone is in jail, call (505) 383-2804 or the probation/parole office at (866) 416-9867.

The Difference between New Mexico State Prisons and County Jail

The New Mexico state prison and county jail system is a large and complex one, with numerous facilities spread across the state. The majority of the state's prisoners are housed in the state prison system, which is made up of 6 different prisons. The remaining inmates are housed in the county jail system, which consists of 33 different jails.

The New Mexico state prison system is overseen by the New Mexico Department of Corrections, which is responsible for the care, custody, and control of all inmates within the state prison system. The department operates under a number of different divisions, each of which has its own specific area of responsibility.

The Operations Division is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all 6 state prisons, as well as providing support to the county jails. The division is divided into a number of different sections, each of which is responsible for a specific area of prison operations.

The Programs and Services Division is responsible for providing inmates with the programs and services they need to successfully reintegrate into society upon their release from prison. The division offers a wide variety of programs, including education, vocational training, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services.

How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?

The best way to find a state prison inmate release date is to contact the facility where the inmate is being held. Interested persons may also contact the Sheriff’s Office in the county where a county jail inmate is being held. However, suppose making an inmate release date public compromises the individual’s safety. In that case, the record custodian will only let the inmate’s immediate family members, attorneys, and authorized government officials.

New Mexico State Archives

State Archives

Search Includes

  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
  • Driving Violations
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Property Records
  • Asset Records
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Main facilities of Penitentiary of New Mexico

The facility opened in 1885 and housing the highest security classification of offenders in the state of New Mexico.

  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
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