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New Mexico Department of Corrections Records,

 Collection
Identifier: 1970-006

Scope and Content

As of 1997 collection consists of the records of the New Mexico Penitentiary, the Corrections Department, and its predecessors (1884-1990). Some penitentiary records pertain to county and federal inmates. Include are registers of prisoners, visitors, and parolees; annual reports; correspondence; case files; conduct records; medical records; account books; and intake records that usually include an image of the inmate. Intake records are files by inmate number. Includes annual and other reports, administrative correspondence and files, manuals, publications, client files, and press releases. Other records include annual and other reports, administrative correspondence and files, manuals, publications, client files, and press releases. Also within the collection are Parole Board records (hearings, case files, annual reports); proceedings of Duran vs. Anaya legal case; interview transcripts from 1983 concerning the 1980 New Mexico Prison Riot; and issues of "Enchanted News", the State Penitentiary magazine.

Dates

  • 1884-[on-going]

Language of Materials

English.

Access Restrictions

Medical records may be restricted. Consult archivist.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Note

The New Mexico Penitentiary was established in 1884 (1884 NM Laws, Chp. 59, Sec. 1-19). In 1969 the Corrections Act created the Department of Corrections, with the following four divisions: Adult Institutions, Juvenile Institutions and Parole, Adult Probation and Parole, and Other Services (1969 NM Laws, Chp. 226, Sec. 1-21). In 1977 a legislative act changed the name of the Department to the Corrections Division and placed the Division within the newly established Criminal Justice Department (1977 NM Laws, Chp. 25, Sec. 1-108). In 1980 the name of the Criminal Justice Department was changed to the Corrections and Criminal Rehabilitation Department (1980 NM Laws, Chp. 150, Sec. 1-10). In 1981 the Department was reorganized and its names was changed to the Corrections Department (1981 NM Laws, Chp. 73, Sec. 1-9). With the creation of the Children, Youth, and Families Department in 1992, the responsibility for juvenile justice service was transferred from the Corrections Department to the Children, Youth, and Families Department (1992 NM Laws, Chp. 57, Sec. 1-58). The function of the Corrections Department is to administer a comprehensive criminal justice system in New Mexico.

Extent

112.5 Linear Feet

Organization

Collection is organized into eight series:
  1. I. Administrative records
  2. II. Adult Institutions records
  3. III. Juvenile Institutions records
  4. IV. Adult Probation and Parole records
  5. V. Juvenile Probation and Parole records
  6. VI. Correction Industries records
  7. VII. Duran Consent Decree records
  8. VIII. State Police files

Alternate Format

Some inmate records (1884-1923) and prison riot investigation interviews (1983) are available on microfilm.

Related Materials

Glass negatives received with the collection are housed and cataloged separately as the "New Mexico Department of Corrections Glass Negative Collection (SRCA 1970-006).

Contact agency directly for recent materials.

General

Contact Information

  1. New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
  2. Archives and Historical Services Division
  3. 1205 Camino Carlos Rey
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
  5. Phone: 505-476-7908
  6. Fax: 505-476-7909
  7. Email: archives@rain.state.nm.us
  8. URL: http://www.state.nm.us/cpr/ahsd_top.htm

General

Title
Inventory of the New Mexico Department of Corrections Records, 1884-[on-going]
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Processed by Daphne S.O. Amaiz-DeLeon
Date
©2000
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1970-006::New Mexico Department of Corrections Records)//EN" "nmar1970-006.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Repository

Contact:
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe NM 87507
(505) 476-7913