- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
The state Department of Corrections in New Mexico has a mandate to "do the right thing always" in the interest of justice and corrections in order to best serve the state, the surrounding communities and incarcerated offenders. The state funds and controls prison facilities at the county and state levels but at this time there is no federal penitentiary. County jails like Santa Fe County Jail and the Doña Ana County Detention Center exist for intake of offenders and short-term incarcerations. State prisons in New Mexico fall into to categories: about 50% are state-run like the Penitentiary of New Mexico and the Roswell Correctional Center, whereas facilities like the Northeastern New Mexico Detention Facility and the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility are operated by private contractors. As the corrections field focuses more on prevention of re-offense, and contracts are outsourced to third-party contractors, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the 1,653 male and female correctional officer roles will grow to more than 1,735 by 2022. If a challenging career with good advancement opportunities interests you, read on for more information regarding the corrections industry in New Mexico.