Chief of Security Robert Gonzales, a Raton resident who has worked at Springer for 21 years, said there were 200 employees, including 48 educators and about 50 corrections officers, when juvenile offenders lived at Springer.Now, he said, he has only 22 corrections officers (with openings for 20 more) and only five of them are women, even though numerous tasks performed by the officers — such as urine tests, searches, transports — require that a female officer be present.Corrections officials say they have a hard time recruiting and retaining people willing to work at the far-flung rural facility.
Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican SPRINGER — At first glance, Housing Unit 1 at the Springer Correctional Center looks like the scene of a giant slumber party.
Springer is not a medium, close or maximum custody facility.
Therefore, we are not in a position to arrange for a tour.”Asked to comment on the dispute, Mahesh said in an email: “Donatelli has not been denied permission to tour the Springer facility, but Duran is ongoing litigation and the Department will defend itself as it sees fit.”Given what he knows now, Donatelli said, he thinks the Duran decree does apply to the facility.
Gonzales said female inmates behave differently than male inmates.
They don’t hesitate to talk to the corrections officers, like most male inmates, he said, adding that they are much more “needy and persistent” with their requests and complaints.