March 20, 2020: Approximately 300 prisoners at the Northwestern New Mexico Correctional Center participated in an uprising following the death of a prisoner, The Gallup Independent reports. The prisoners damaged prison infrastructure and fought back against guards.
January 14, 2020: A short uprising took place when nine prisoners refused to go back to their cells after being ordered by a guard. The prisoners blockaded a door, threw soapy water onto the floor, covered their faces, and threw a microwave and other items at the door when
November 9, 2019: Four prisoners at the Rio Arriba County Jail have been charged with two counts of battery on a peace officer and one count of conspiracy to commit battery on a police officer each following a fight with guards.
July 17, 2019: According to prison authorities, five prisoners attacked two guards during a nurse visit at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. The attack continued until another guard fired “less lethal shotgun and pepper ball grenades.”
July 9, 2019-ongoing: Five detainees started a hunger strike to protest their detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. All of those participating are from Cuba. As of July 16, all of the men had not eaten a meal and some were refusing water.
January 25, 2019 - (end date unknown): According to the group Millions for Prisoners New Mexico, prisoners housed at Western Women's Correctional Facility went on hunger strike to protest various issues with the prison's outsourced meal provider Trinity Food Services.
August 21 - September 9, 2018 (exact dates vary based on location): Prisoners with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak and other organizations issued 10 national demands with a call to action for work stoppages, sit-down strikes, hunger strikes and boycotts of the commissary. Organizers
August 9, 2018: Four housing units at the private GEO Group prison refuse orders and go on strike in response to harassment and abuse. Prisoners cite admin cutting visitation and guards harassing prisoners family members, including strip searching elders.
April 30, 2017: During a routine lockdown, at least nine prisoners at Otero County Jail refused to comply with orders. When guards came into their pod to subdue them they wrapped their fists with towels, got into "fighting stances", and attempted to attack the guards.
May 21, 2016: Three prisoners attack guards while at least 20 prisoners in the rec yard cover surveillance cameras with sheets and block doors. Prisoners report this resulted from a protest of poor conditions at the jail.