Otero County Prison Facility Dedicates New Building for State's Sex Offenders

(Chaparral, New Mexico)– New Mexico Department of Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel as well as other leaders will gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open a new educational building at the Otero County Prison Facility at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. The event will be held at the facility located at 10 McGregor Range Road in Chaparral.

“This new building will allow us to provide state offenders with more intense and longer treatment programs,” said Warden James Frawner. “Soon after partnering with the state of New Mexico last year, we realized we needed more classroom space to better serve our state population. This new building will take our treatment programs to a new level.”

The 6,000 square-foot structure was built adjacent to the current facility which also houses offenders for various federal agencies including the U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Bureau of Prisons. The new building will include additional classrooms, counseling rooms, and a new visitation room. The joint project between the operator of the facility, Management & Training Corporation, and Otero County was built entirely by inmates at the facility, saving thousands of dollars in labor costs.

Warden Frawner added, “This new building will allow us to go from two to three hours of classes a day to eight hours per day. That’s a tremendous increase that we believe will help more effectively rehabilitate offenders.”

The Otero County Prison Facility houses approximately 360 state inmates, most of whom are sex offenders—making this the largest sex-offender treatment facility in the state.

“We are pleased to partner with the state of New Mexico in providing effective treatment to sex offenders. In the long run, we believe this new facility will help reduce recidivism in the state, which is the number-one goal for all the partners involved in this project.”

 

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Speakers:

Otero County Commissioner Tommie Herrell

New Mexico Secretary of Corrections Gregg Marcantel

MTC President Scott Marquardt

 

IMPORTANT: If you plan to attend, please contact Issa Arnita in order to receive instructions regarding prison safety protocols. Thank you.

 

Contact: Issa Arnita, Communication Director

Office: 801-693-2784; Cell: 801-866-8156 or issa.arnita@mtctrains.com