SANTA FE—In an effort to continue to provide opportunities for inmates to reconnect with their families, the New Mexico Corrections Department has made changes to its family visit policy.
The department has decided to eliminate overnight family visits effective May 1. Only a small portion of the nearly 7,000 inmates in the Corrections Department qualified for overnight family visits.
Inmates will now have more frequent contact visits with family during special seminar days. These seminars will include classes on topics such as finances, raising a child in today’s world, supporting your spouse, how to deal with grief or disappointment and more.
The new improvements to the policy follow more than two years of consideration, research and dialogue. Inmates will now form reentry groups centered on their interest, such as a group for a certain religion or single fathers, etc., aimed at planning family days and the seminars that will be available for those days. These changes in the policy will help inmates take ownership of their family connections and the effect their incarceration has had on those they love.