Corrections employee blames unfair system for loss of job

Four employees at the state prison in Los Lunas have been arrested at least twice on suspicion of drunken driving. Full Story
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Just curious

Hobbs, NM

#21 Jul 15, 2011
Honestly wrote:
<quoted text>Then the more need for reform of the system and to weed out people who act like thugs and wannabe's. The correctional system is a unique pressure cooker of a world in which society's values are reversed and wrong is right among the "residents". There is more inherent evil in this environment than the average layman might imagine.
Although I am not certain how much of a pressure cooker the guards may or may not be subjected to, I must point out that if they have mental problems that this job only compounds... they never should have been hired in the first place. Sort of makes you wonder if there will be some serious problems later on from a mentally unstable guard.
Honestly

San Ramon, CA

#22 Jul 15, 2011
Just curious wrote:
<quoted text> Although I am not certain how much of a pressure cooker the guards may or may not be subjected to, I must point out that if they have mental problems that this job only compounds... they never should have been hired in the first place. Sort of makes you wonder if there will be some serious problems later on from a mentally unstable guard.
They might have passed all the entry requirements including psychological screenings but may develop these symptoms after being on the job for awhile. Accordingly, anyone starting to rack up infractions or violations should be subject to review to find out if this is in fact the right career for them. It is not for everyone and the institution needs to assist those that can be assisted and eliminate or transfer those who are only going to develop behaviors that are contrary to policy in order to keep a competent and healthy staff. If it ain't their cup of tea, they should not be working there.
Honestly

San Ramon, CA

#23 Jul 15, 2011
Been there wrote:
<quoted text> I spent 10 years in prison in NewMexico. Most of the convicts were doing their time quietly and trying to go home to start a new life. The wannabe gangsters and gangbangers walked around acting tough and talking sh**. Most of the guards were friendly, polite, and just doing their job the best way they knew how.
Admittedly, the new generation of criminals are a different breed. A lot of the younger guards are related to some of the gangbangers, or knew them from the streets, and they do "favors" for them.There is not as much danger as people try to tell the world...and if the guards are drunks, it is what they would be if they were carpenters or hotel clerks. Don't blame the job... doesn't wash.
A lot of the inmates are doing life on the installment plan... 5 years at a time. They don't stay out of prison long because they are just scum that want to steal instead of working for a living. There are guards that make more money doing "favors" than they make legally, and damnright there needs to be a shake-up of the system. Another thing not mentioned in the article was the fact there are 2 prisons in LosLunas. One is a medium security prison, the other is the "honor farm", a minimum security prison where all of the inmates there are within a year of being released. Not a lot of guys want to screw up when they are that close to being free, and they had to work to get there in the first place. Which prison was the guard working at???
I don't know which unit at LL the article was in reference to. Thanks for being honest and giving us readers insight into the process. People find themselves behind bars and I believe you when you say most have realized the seriousness of those circumstances and want to return to normal life. The smaller percentage of sociopaths will stay in prison for life because of their limited understanding of or desire to operate functionally within society. These guys are probably responsible for the majority of crimes both inside and outside of prison. That is the element that is beyond punishment and is likely in prison to protect society from them. These hard cases are the cause of most stress among the employees and the other inmates as well.
oldschool

Carlsbad, NM

#24 Jul 16, 2011
it's a crime he should be terminated ! how many people are in jail for the same thing. this looks bad for all corrections officers. they are part of the criminal system that is suppose to be held to a higher level. everyone with a dwi should be terminated ! if it was weed then what !
Joseph Johns

El Paso, TX

#25 Jul 22, 2011
The poster "Been There" is spreading misinformation. There is one prison in Los Lunas. The state web site describes it this way:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, Los Lunas
... Originally built in 1980 as a 480-bed medium custody facility, it has now grown to be part of a three-unit complex.
Been there

Hobbs, NM

#26 Jul 24, 2011
Joseph Johns wrote:
The poster "Been There" is spreading misinformation. There is one prison in Los Lunas. The state web site describes it this way:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, Los Lunas
... Originally built in 1980 as a 480-bed medium custody facility, it has now grown to be part of a three-unit complex.
Originally, back in the '40s or '50s, there was LOS LUNAS CORRECTIONAL CENTER, commonly called "the farm". It was exactly that, a work farm. The land was donated by a woman who's son went to prison... she made a deal with the state so her son could work the farminstead of going to the territorial prison in Santa Fe, or at least that was the story that passed from inmate to inmate over the years. Part of the agreement was that NO FENCE over 4 feet tall would ever be built...naturally, in 1980 the state said they could do what they wanted to and built CENTRAL NEW MEXICO CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. The farm was a minimum security prison, "Central" was a medium security prison. People at the farm worked the wild horse program in the '80s and'90s.
Now, since I have no desire to return to Los Lunas for any reason, I have not kept up with what the state has done there. If they combined the farm with central and added another prison unit as well...I guess I did spread misinformation. But the information was out dated, not an intentional misrepresentation. Like I said... been there, done that. No bull.

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