As much of the state was pounded by heavy rains and flooding conditions, the New Mexico Corrections Department put inmates to work to protect the community and provide for those in need.
It started with a call for sandbag crews to work across the state. Crews at half a dozen facilities filled more than 15,000 sandbags to protect neighboring communities
“Making sure our offenders give back to the community is essential to rehabilitation,” Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel said. “It’s in crisis situations like this that we can really help the community and make these inmates part of something bigger than themselves.”
Corrections also hosted a statewide water drive.
“Governor Martinez has stated that we must move toward recovery and we are going to make sure that the New Mexico Corrections Department and its inmates are a part of the process.” Marcantel said.
In one week, more than 3,000 cases of water were donated to Probation and Parole offices across the state. Inmate crews picked up those cases of water and delivered them to residents who’s drinking water had been affected by the flooding.
“When I look back at the impact we had on our community, I am humbled by the choices and actions of so many,” Marcantel said. “The selfless service of our staff, our inmates and paroled offenders, as well as our larger community casts great credit upon who we are as a culture and community. Our ability to respond and grow together from crisis remains rich in our history as a State and is a most certain model for others, particularly those we seek to rehabilitate.”