Jail and Inmate Search in New Mexico

NM currently has 8,900 people in jail and 7,055 in prison. The average stay for someone in an NM jail is 80 days. 89% of those incarcerated in the state are awaiting trial. 33% are charged with a misdemeanor, and 25% have committed a non-violent felony. A shocking 42% have been arrested for a violent felony conviction. 1.8% has mental illness and has to undergo an evaluation before they stand trial. Mental health services generally add an additional 36 days to their stay. 20% of the violations are due to alcohol abuse and 16.2% property violations.

What are New Mexico Jail Records?

New Mexico jail inmate search records are source documents that are filled out on every inmate in the prison system. When someone is brought in by local law enforcement, a RAP sheet is filled out and then charges filed. All court documents, jail paperwork, and eventually prison forms are included in the mix. These jail records follow the inmate from initial entry all the way through parole. They are shared among all law enforcement agencies to ensure consistency and reliability of information for anyone who takes custody of the prisoner.

How to Perform New Mexico Inmate Lookup

NM makes it very easy for someone to look up an inmate in the prison system. Using a New Mexico prison inmate search online you can enter either their name or prison ID. You will see a list of inmates and can click on each one to look at the details. The information you can review is mug shot, full name, offender ID, status, facility information, probation or parole officer, aliases, physical description including eye and hair color, weight and height, ethnicity, religion, education level and a list of offenses. You can also use a New Mexico inmate search online to find someone in a prison.

Creating Public Jail Records

Honoring their commitment to safety and well being for New Mexican residents, the state Department of Corrections creates and keeps very detailed records on every inmate in jail or prison. It begins with the initial arrest and intake paperwork. The files follow the inmate throughout their criminal justice system journey. Every step of the way, prison administrators fill out forms and create documents related to events that take place in the inmate’s life. Everything is entered and stored in a massive database and kept online so other law enforcement agencies can access it via using New Mexico inmate records search tool.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

New Mexico Imprisonment Rate
New Mexico Imprisonment Rate: 329
Prison Population
Prison Population: 6,972
Probation Population
Probation Population: 13,778
Parole Population
Parole Population: 2,763
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate: Black: White Ratio - 6.4:1 Hispanic: White Ratio - 2.0:1
Juvenile Custody Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000): 164
Disenfranchised Population
Disenfranchised Population: 24,286 (1.53%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Disenfranchised African Americans: 1,581 (4.71%)
Corrections Expenditures
Corrections Expenditures (in millions): 332

New Mexico Prisoner Statistics by Gender

The number of New Mexico prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 7,055, that saw a 0.7% decrease compared to the previous year. Females made up 10.1% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 6,344 in 2016.

5 States with More Female Prisoners than New Mexico

State Number of Female prisoners

5 States with More Male Prisoners than New Mexico

State Number of Male prisoners
New York48,442

The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years

Number of Male Prisoners
Number of Female Prisoners
Change in Number of Male Prisoners
Change in Number of Female Prisoners

The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016

The prison population of New Mexico is 7,055 inmates, that is 9.1% higher than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in New Mexico was in 2015, when the number of prisoners was 7,104 inmates.

New Mexico Parole Population

New Mexico parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 2,763 people, 175 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 17 people more compared to the previous year, which has increased by 0.6%.

Paroles per 100.000 population

Parole Total Population in New Mexico

Parole Entries & Exits

Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number


Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents

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Adults entering parole, by type of entry

Type of Parole Entry Number of Parolees
Mandatory: 0
Discretionary: 0
Reinstatement: 0
Term of supervised release: 2,133
Other: 251
Unknown or not reported: 0

New Mexico Prisons

The state has 33 jails and six prisons. Each jail is in its own county. There are about 8,900 people in jail and another 7,055 in prison. It costs NM $35,540 per year to house and care for each inmate. The state operates with an annual budget of $323 million and a staff of 4,680 employees. The state community corrections system manages and oversees 12,714 people on probation and 2,780 on parole. Based on one hundred residents, NM has an incarceration rate of 335, a property crime rate of 3,937 and a violent crime rate of 703.