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Gov. Lujan Grisham names secretary of corrections

Kai Porter
June 19, 2019 05:41 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham named Alisha Tafoya Lucero as the new state secretary of corrections.

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"I'm delighted to have a career, dedicated public servant with the vision for an effective, accountable corrections department and system in the State of New Mexico," said Lujan Grisham.

Tafoya Lucero was previously serving as the interim secretary of corrections, overseeing the state's prison system. She has been with the department since 2001.

Tafoya Lucero said one of her main goals in her new position will be to help inmates with transitional opportunities once they are released.

"Whether that's job opportunities and educational skills and things of that nature, or whether that's a place to live, or support services outside to help eliminate some of those barriers that can make that transition process difficult,” said Tafoya Lucero. “That's where my focus will be now and I think that will be amongst some of the biggest changes you'll see."

More than 7,000 inmates are serving prison time in New Mexico and about 20,000 people are on probation or parole. 

In January, Gov. Lujan Grisham selected Julie Jones to run the department of corrections. However, Jones withdrew her name from consideration in February. She cited personal reasons for not being able to move to New Mexico.

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