Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility




Warden Melissa Ortiz
 
Joe Lytle
Deputy Warden Administration
 
James Mulheron
Deputy Warden Operations
 
Kathleen Hodges
Deputy Warden Level II
  • About Us
  • Visitation Hours
  • How to put Money on an inmate account
  • Contact Us & Inmates
  • Prisoners and Animals Working for Success PAWS
As part of a dynamic organization Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility is dedicated to the highest attainable quality of excellence in corrections. It is our responsibility that every outcome produced contributes to the departmental mission of public safety. The employees of Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility are committed to serving the citizens of New Mexico with highest ethical standards.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility (SNMCF) is located near Las Cruces, a community of approximately 80,000 in South-Central New Mexico. The facility was built on the west mesa overlooking the Mesilla Valley and Organ Mountains as a medium-security facility. In 1996, a minimum-restrict facility with a capacity of 330 opened, housing inmates now classified as Level II.

Monday and Tuesday

  • Only open on recognized State Holidays
  • Level IV and Restrictive Housing Non-Contact Visits Only
  • Level II and Level III Contact Visits

Wednesday

  • Level IV and Restrictive Housing Non-Contact Visits Only
  • Level III contact visits
  • No Level II visits (Closed but open on State recognized holidays )

Thursday

  • Level IV and Restrictive Housing (No Visits allowed)
  • HU 2A A Pod RIPP - Non-Contact Visits, and the only day allowed
  • HU 5B - Contact Visits 8:00am - 3:30pm with Prior Approval ONLY
  • Level III (No Visits allowed)
  • No Level II visits (Closed but open on State recognized holidays )

Friday

  • Level IV and Restrictive Housing Non-Contact Visits Only
  • HU 1A (ONCE REINSTATED) - Special Contact Visits with Prior Approval Only
  • Level III Contact Visits (Allowed until HU 1A contact visiting privileges reinstated)
  • Level II Contact Visits (Closed but open on State recognized holidays )

Saturday

  • Level II and Level III Contact Visits
  • Level IV and Restrictive Housing Non-Contact Visits Only

Sunday

  • Level II and Level III Contact Visits
  • Level IV and Restrictive Housing Non-Contact Visits Only

Inmates on Disciplinary status will not be allowed to visit


Hospitality Center is open
Wednesday - Sunday & Holidays 8:30am to 3:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:30am - 3:30pm for Level II

In order to visit an inmate, you must be on the approved visitation list. Click here for the visitation policy and information.

An approved visitor can send a money order with the inmates name and number to the facility.
P.O. Box 639
1983 Joe R. Silva Boulevard
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88004-0639

Phone 575.523.3200
Fax 575.523.3349

Send all mail for inmates to their location address above. Please make sure and put to their attention and their NMCD#.
Inmates are not allowed to receive phone calls or any electronic correspondence.

 

Prisoners & Animals Working for Success PAW

MISSION
Southern New Mexico P.A.W.S (Prisoners and Animals Working toward Success) provides education and life skills for both inmates and dogs, resulting in permanent, loving and caring homes for the dogs and teaching inmates to become productive citizens with patience, compassion and understanding of others.
PAWS is made possible through NMCD’s partnership with ASCMV (Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley).  ASCMV will provide adoptable shelter dogs to the prison where they will live with inmates full-time.  Dogs will be trained by inmates in basic obedience and manners for a period of approximately 8 weeks.  Upon successful completion of training, dogs will be adopted to families by an application process. 
PAWS is funded strictly through donations from citizens and non-profit organizations throughout New Mexico. 
Prison dog programs are becoming more and more prevalent across the country.  This program is a true commitment to recidivism reduction by NMCD and will help our extremely high euthanasia rates in New Mexico.

HOW IT WORKS: 
Adoptable dogs from the Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley will be temperament tested by our volunteer dog trainer.   Dogs that are eligible will be transported to the prison facility and will be paired with inmates who will take responsibility for the dog’s training, care and grooming full-time for the extent of the animal’s stay.  Dogs and inmates will attend supervised training sessions twice each week and will be required to work with their dogs independently every day. 
Inmates will be chosen based on their desire to participate, their crimes and disciplinary history.  Inmates with sex offenses or animal abuse crimes will not be allowed to participate. 
Together inmates and dogs will learn behaviors and skills that will help each of them to lead productive lives outside the prison system.  Dogs will be taught basic obedience such as sit, stay and come.  They will also learn how to live indoors and become potty trained. 
Many animals are surrendered each day due to behavior problems and training them correctly will certainly give the dog a better chance at a forever home.  Inmates will learn patience, compassion and dog training skills.   These skills will help the inmate relate to others and may afford them skills that will help them find employment when they are released back to our communities.    

Application to Apdopt Dog

Send Applications to : Renee Waskiewicz     Emal : Renee.Waskiewicz@state.nm.us

Available Dogs - Comming Soon

Adoption Fairs Available Dogs