Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center (Formerly New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility)

Customer base: State of New Mexico - Facility Type: Multi-Security, Owned since 1989
  • Capacity596
  • ACA AccreditedYes
  • PopulationFemale

Facility Leader: Monica Wetzel, Warden

Monica Wetzel, Warden

Monica Wetzel was named warden at Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center (formerly New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility) in 2015. Wetzel has 29 years of corrections experience with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where she began her career at the Leavenworth Penitentiary in 1975 and transferred to several BOP facilities, serving as a paralegal, equal employment opportunity investigator, unit manager, associate warden, executive assistant to the regional director, public information officer, warden, and senior warden.

Community Activities

City of Grants; Future Foundations Family Center; Grants/Cibola County Chamber of Commerce; Greater Grants Industrial Development Board; Grants VFW; Los Alamitos Middle School; Grants Quadrathlon; Grants-Cibola County Schools; New Mexico Junior Golf Committee; Character Counts; American Cancer Society; New Life for Girls (transitional living home); Edquina (aftercare resources); New Life Baptist Church; Volunteer Fire Department; VFW Auxiliary; American Legion Auxiliary; Disabled Veterans; KAIROS; Community Hospital Ethics Committee; Grants Main Street; Juvenile Service Committee

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For media inquiries please consult Pam Sperandio, the Public Information Officer for this facility.

Population: Female