Penitentiary of New Mexico

Penitentiary of New Mexico is a super-max state-operated prison for male inmates that is located outside of Sante Fe, New Mexico. PNM is the Department’s only supermax facility, housing the highest security classification of offenders in the state of New Mexico. The daily population at this facility is approximately 800 inmates.

The Penitentiary of New Mexico Complex consists of three facilities: Level-II a minimum-restrict unit, Level-IV/V, and Level-VI housing the highest security classification of offenders. PNM maintains its national accredited status by the American Correctional Association and continues to intensify its efforts to achieve the mission of the Corrections Department by providing a balanced system approach to corrections from incarceration to community-based supervision with training, education, programs, and services that provide opportunities for offenders to transition to communities.

The “level system” within the New Mexico Corrections Department requires that an inmate or inmates who cannot be managed in general population, and/or cannot function in general population due to criteria established policy will be separated from the general population. Management of such inmates will be based upon behaviorally based step programs, in which increased privileges are granted for inmates who demonstrate appropriate behavior for a specified period of time.

This facility houses the state’s death row, however the death penalty was repealed in 2009. The last person to be executed in the state was Terry Clark in 2001.

The Penitentiary of New Mexico opened in 1885 and has had some of the most violent riots in prison history. One riot in the 1980's lasted two days and resulted in the deaths of 33 inmates.  The reforms at the facility after this riot, including the Bureau Classification System, led to the modern New Mexico prison system.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Effective immediately, all visitation is suspended at the Penitentiary of New Mexico through the end of April 2020.

This includes the suspension of contact, non-contact, and attorney visits in all prison facilities.

For questions regarding NMCD’s response to COVID-19, please contact Public Information Officer Eric Harrison at 505-382-3541 or email [email protected].

For information regarding NMCD’s response to COVID-19, click here

Visitation Hours after April 30, 2020:

Level II
Saturday & Sunday
8:30am – 3:30pm

Level IV – V
By Appointment Only
Wednesday – Sunday
8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm

Level VI
By Appointment Only
Wednesday – Sunday
8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm

Hospitality Center: Thursday- Sunday during visiting hours.
505.471.2585 or 505.827.8570

General Information

In order to visit an inmate, you must be on the approved visitation list.

An inmate may be limited to three visitors (six years of age and older) and limited to three children (five years of age or younger) at any one time if space permits. The length of the visit may be limited only by the visit schedule and space availability. 

Visitors are authorized to enter visiting areas with a combined total of $30.00 in loose change for use in vending machines. Visitors with infants will be permitted to enter with or have access to: 

  • two plastic bottles or a sip-cup
  • three diapers
  • a blanket
  • baby wipes
  • factory sealed baby food 
  • one plastic baby spoon
  • a pacifier
  • baby carrier

For a complete list of rules, click here.

Dress Code

All visitors must be appropriately attired in accordance with policy before entering any New Mexico Correctional Facility. 

Male Visitors: 

  • Trousers and a shirt with sleeves must be worn at all times. Plain white undershirts or muscle, "A" shirts are not allowed when used as an outer garment
  • Restricted clothing colors will depend on the facility inmate uniform code
  • Shorts, beach-type shorts or cut-offs will not be worn
  • Tank-Tops are not allowed
  • Undergarments shall be worn, but not visible through outer clothing
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. Beach type thongs, flip-flops slippers, and steel-toed boots or shoes are not permitted. Open-toed shoes are allowed
  • No hats, scarves, bandanas, or other types of headbands will be brought into the institution or worn in the Visiting Room
  • Sweat clothes or athletic (warm-up) clothes may be worn, with the exception of shorts
  • Skintight clothing or spandex is not permitted

Female Visitors:

  • Dresses, skirts, or pants must be worn
  • Skirts or dresses with a slit higher than mid-thigh are not acceptable
  • Skirts or dresses that are more than three inches above the knee are not acceptable
  • Shorts, cut-offs and beach-type shorts are not acceptable
  • Sweat clothes or athletic (warm-up) clothes may be worn, with the exception of shorts
  • Skintight clothing or spandex is not permitted
  • Undergarments must be worn, including brassieres, but must not be visible through outer clothing
  • Tank top blouses, spaghetti straps, tube tops, halter-tops, or spandex or spandex-like pants are not acceptable, nor is any type of see-through clothing
  • Clothing must not be see-through, expose cleavage, the midriff, shoulders, or any part of the breast or upper thigh
  • No hats, scarves, bandanas, or other types of headbands will be brought into the institution or permitted in the Visiting Room
  • No bathing suits will be worn as an outer garment
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. Beach type thongs, flip-flops, slippers, and steel-toed boots or shoes are not permitted. Open-toed shoes are allowed

Physical Address

Penitentiary of New Mexico
4331 State Highway 14
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

​​(505) 827-8201

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Penitentiary of New Mexico
P.O. Box 1059
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-1059

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico can’t receive incoming calls, but they do have access to phones during daytime hours for outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in New Mexico, please click here.

How to Send Money

An approved visitor can send a money order with the inmate’s name and number directly to the facility.

Programs For Inmates

Adult Basic Education/General Education Diploma

Basic academic skills instruction and preparation for GED testing including career/technical, college readiness, Special Education, and adult literacy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Programs and courses assisting offenders in recognizing destructive behavior patterns and developing positive, pro-social thinking habits in all areas of their lives

Courses are as follows:

  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
  • Moral Reconation Therapy Domestic Violence (MRT-DV)
  • Charting A New Course, and
  • Breaking Barriers
  • Post-Secondary Education (College)

Courses are offered through accredited colleges leading to Associate Degrees and Vocational Certificates. College courses vary by facility and are provided in partnership with Eastern New Mexico University Roswell (ENMU-R), Luna Community College (LCC), and Mesalands Community College (MCC) available at varying state correctional facilities. Students may also pursue college education under their own funding through an accredited post-secondary institution.

Family Reunification

Programs and courses that focus on family reunification including family literacy and skills. Residents learn parenting skills by reading to their children on audio or video tape, and meet family obligations during incarceration.

Courses offered include the following:

  • Inside Out Dad
  • Fathers As Readers
  • P.S. I Love You


The Making the Right Turn to Reentry, pre-release guide is provided to prepare inmates, who are within six months of release, with processes to assist their reintegration back to their communities.

This 14-20 hour instructor-led program provides an overview of the following topics:

  • Identification
  • Life Skills
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Living Under Supervision
  • Family
  • Health
  • Money Management
  • Employment


The Education Bureau offers a variety of programs designed to increase student’s ability upon release to find a viable career that offers a living wage.

Courses offered include:

  • Advanced Computer Technologies
  • Automotive
  • Barbering
  • Braille
  • Building Trades-Cabinetry
  • Carpentry
  • C-tech(Network Cabling
  • NCCER CORE Safety
  • Electrical (Residential Electrical Wiring)
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning)
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Microsoft Office Proficiency (MOS)
  • PC Maintenance
  • PC Specialist
  • Weaving
  • Welding, and
  • WET (Wind Energy Technology)

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Careers at Penitentiary of New Mexico

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