New Mexico State Jails
Population in Jail:
New Mexico has a rate 28% lower than the national average of incarcerated adults per 100,000. Between 2002 and 2008 New Mexico saw a 12 percent decline in violent crimes according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics database, however at nearly 650 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2008, New Mexico’s crime rate was considerably higher the U.S. average. New Mexico average number of probationers per 100,000 people is 25% lower than the national rate, whilst their average number of parolees per 100,000 people is 21% lower than the national average. At a cost of $33,171 the taxpayer is paying on average 14% more for jail and inmate services in New Mexico.
The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, one of New Mexico jail's has commenced a sewing program that puts inmates to work, whilst at the same time cutting in half the $250,000 the jail spends on textiles and to train inmates in a marketable skill so, it is hoped, they won't reoffend when they get out.
The mega jail on the West Mesa has launched a sewing program has inmates sewing the 9,000 orange jumpsuits it is hoped that in addition this they will make mattresses and linens for the jail in 2011. Small-scale agriculture projects including gardening have also been proposed for West Mesa in line with a number of other jails and prisons around the country which have started agricultural programs to help feed inmates.