New Mexico State Jails

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New Mexico housing 33 counties, shares a border with Texas and Oklahoma to the east, and Arizona borders the state to the west. Colorado borders New Mexico to the north and Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico, border the state to the south. With a population of approx. 2 million the crime rate in New Mexico is about 20% higher than the national average rate. Property crimes account for around 85.7% of the crime rate in New Mexico which is 18% higher than the national rate. The remaining 17.7% are violent crimes and are about 30% higher than other states. Throughout New Mexico's 33 counties there are 35 jail facilities with a combined rated capacity of 11,042 inmates. There is no state inspection or standards program. (2007). The Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Division supervise 20,883 probationers and 3,724 parolees.

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New Mexico State is ranked top ten safest states with lowest inarcaration rates based on total population.
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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.