Penitentiary of New Mexico

The Penitentiary of New Mexico (PNM) is in Santa Fe. PNM is the state’s only super-max facility, housing the highest security classification of male offenders. It also includes a Level-II a minimum-restrict unit. PNM offers educational and reprogramming opportunities.

The original state Penitentiary facility was built in 1885. It was replaced by the “Old Main” prison in 1956. In February of 1980, one of the most violent prison riots in correctional history happened at the “Old Main”prison. For 36 hours, approximately 33 inmates were killed, and 12 guards were held hostage and beaten by the prisoners. Inmates gained control of the control center, raided the administrative offices, set documents on fire, and ransacked the prison’s pharmacy. Cell Block 4 was the scene of some of the most violent acts during the riot. Inmates participated in death squads and attacked, burned, and killed other inmates.  The “ “Old Main” closed in 1998 and is now used for tours and film sets.

The New Mexico Corrections Training Academy (NMCTA)opened in 1980, becoming the first correctional training academy in the nation. Today, NMCTA provides specialized training to correctional officers, which was not available prior to its establishment.

Chelsea White, Warden

Chelsea White


Ralph Rodriguez

Ralph Rodriguez

Deputy Warden

Ralph Lucero

Ralph Lucero

Deputy Warden

Vistula Curry

Vistula Curry

Deputy Warden

Visitation Information

For information regarding Visitation click here.

Inmate Mail Information

Contact Us & Inmates

PNM numbers by facility

Administration: (505) 827-8201

Minimum Restrictive Unit: (505) 827-8973

South Facility: (505) 827-8303

North Facility: (505) 827-8732

Fax: (505) 827-8732

Inmate Advocate
Raquel Salazar
Phone: (505) 549-3461 

Physical Address
4311 State Highway 14
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508


How to put money on an inmate account?

An approved visitor can send a money order with the inmates name and number to the facility.