New Mexico Resumes Tours Of Former Jail

Oct 15, 2013

Periodic tours of New Mexico's former penitentiary have resumed as corrections officials consider ways to use the facility near Santa Fe as an historical attraction or other purposes.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the public tours resumed earlier this month and continue next weekend.

On Oct. 25, there'll be free tours for survivors, first responders and others who played roles in the bloody riot that occurred in the prison in 1980.

Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel says officials want to hear the individuals' perspectives about the riot in which 33 inmates were killed and the time surrounding it.

They're also seeking feedback from people taking the public tours.

No tours are planned this winter because the facility lacks heating.

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