Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Prison Tour Not for Sightseers.(Final)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

Guard Prospects Visit Penitentiary

SANTA FE The New Mexico Corrections Department offered an unusual test drive Tuesday: in-depth prison tours to potential corrections officer recruits.

The tours at the Penitentiary of New Mexico showed the prospective applicants the good, the bad and the ugly sides of the job.

The tour-takers were taken deep inside the Level 6 lockup, New Mexico's equivalent of "super max" custody:

* Past Unit 4, the so-called "Death House" where condemned inmates spend their last hours before lethal injection.

* Past several steel doors, chain-link fences and rolls of razor wire. …

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