There are 11 correctional facilities in New Mexico and all of them are currently under lockdown. The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) took this step after violence broke out in one of its prisons on Saturday night. Now, Now, NMCD has placed all 11 prisons on lockdown until further notice.
An inmate was seriously injured and rushed to UNM Hospital. What actually led to the disturbance is currently under investigations.
But, the trouble escalated when an inmate seized a correctional officer and took his key. The prisoner used the key to open the cells of several other inmates who ultimately went berserk.
Now, in an effort to keep control over the entire state prison system, authorities have put all 11 prisons on lockdown. That means no prison visits in New Mexico until further notice.
All 11 Prisons on Lockdown in New Mexico
No Major Injuries or Prison Escapes ReportedThe freed inmates made fire in the center of the prison facility. And they flooded the entire housing area with water. They pounced on one inmate and beat him into a stupor, wounding him in the process. Prison property worth thousands of dollars was also destroyed.
Correctional officers were able to regain control of the situation by firing tear gas, according to reports. Then, prison authorities placed all 11 prisons on lockdown throughout the state.
The incident occurred at the Northeastern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Clayton. No prison staff or correctional officers were harmed in the incident. And no prisoners escaped from the facility.
David Jablonksi, Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Corrections Department said the authorities are investigating the incident. He said the New Mexico State Police is assisting the Clayton Police Department to get to the root of the matter.
As soon as they complete investigations, they will submit their report to the Eight Judicial District Attorney.
Criminally Prosecutions Underway
The attorney might press criminal charges against prison inmates found culpable for the incident.
“We take very seriously the safety of our staff and inmates and we have zero tolerance for any violence in our prison system,” said Jablonski. “The inmates involved in this disturbance will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and they have been moved to the maximum security unit at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe.”
The New Mexico Corrections Department outsourced management of the Clayton prison to a private company.
So, if your loved one is imprisoned at a correctional facility in the State of New Mexico, be sure to call before going to visit. For now, prison visits in New Mexico are canceled until further notice.