Penitentiary of New Mexico



Penitentiary of New Mexico Santa Fe

Penitentiary of New Mexico

The Penitentiary of New Mexico is a maximum security prison located in Santa Fe New Mexico.  The prison consists of three facilities, a minimum level 2 unit, a level 4 and 5 unit, and a level 6 maximum security unit.  The facility currently houses close to 800 adult male inmates.  The Level VI Supermax unit is the current location of New Mexico's Death Row and houses offenders who have committed the most heinous of crimes.

Penitentiary of New Mexico has seen some of the most violent prison riots in correctional history, and at one time during the 1980's had a riot which lasted two days and resulted in the deaths of 33 inmates.  This facility is reportedly haunted.  Many inmates and staff have reported a number of unexplained occurrences.

Visiting Hours at Penitentiary of New Mexico:

Anyone wishing to visit an inmate must have an approved visitation application on file.  RDC (reception, diagnostic, and classification) inmates are only allowed visits with immediate family members.  Visiting days and hours are determined by the inmate's custody level.

  • Level II inmates have visiting on:
    • Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Level IV, V, and VI inmates have visitation by appointment only on:
    • Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8:30am, 10:30am, and 12:30pm​​.  Call (505)-471-2585 or (505)-827-8570 Thursday-Sunday during visiting hours to schedule an appointment.

Physical Address:

Penitentiary of New Mexico
4331 State Highway 14
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504



Inmate Mailing Address:

Inmate Name, ID Number
​Penitentiary of New Mexico
P.O. Box 1059
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-1059