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Understaffing in New Mexico Prisons Contributes to Inmate Suicides

Prison Suicide Prevention Standards, Policies and Procedures New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) policies for the prevention of suicide presumably follow the policies and standards set forth by the American Corrections Association (ACA) and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). It is not clear from at all from a review of NMCD ACA and…

Investigation and Reporting of New Mexico Prison Suicides

Reporting of Inmate Deaths to Family The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) provides policies regarding what is to happen when an inmate dies, is injured or becomes seriously ill while in custody. Those policies may be referenced on the NMCD web-site under the health services policy section, CD-172100 Notification of Serious Illness, Injury or Death…

New Mexico Prison Osteomyelitis Epidemic Spells Medical Negligence

Many people look at a topic such the medical care of prison inmates with measured indifference or outright disdain. The underlying subtext reads, “they deserve what they get”. This broad social indifference to the health of inmates offers a bad guide for policy with dire repercussions in a broader social context. An article in the…

How in the World Did New Mexico Corrections Department Lose Accreditation from These Folks?

The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) Central New Mexico Correctional Facility (CNMCF) lost American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation from 2016 to January 14, 2019. This is remarkable considering the makeup of the ACA’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors. ACA’s Executive Committee current membership is made up entirely of correctional professionals that have spent their…

New Mexico Prison Guards and Inmates Locked Away and Forgotten

Most of the discussion surrounding our broken prison system revolves around the abuse of the rights of inmates. Collins & Collins, P.C. has commented on these matters numerous times. More often than not, what is lost in the discussion is the systemic neglect, abuse and harm suffered by guards as a result of that same…

FMCSA Interventions for Unsafe Trucking and Bus Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is charged with the regulation of motor carriers (trucks and buses) safety. To meet its safety objectives, the FMCSA created its “Safety Measurement System” (SMS). The SMS is in turn implemented through the “Compliance, Safety, Accountability” (CSA) system. The CSA system uses roadside inspections and crash data to…

Trucking COMPLIANCE, SAFETY and ACCOUNTABILITY (CSA)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Safety Measurement System (SMS) states: “There are 5 million truck and bus drivers sharing the road with more than 250 million motorists. With stakes so high, it’s essential that everyone Get Road Smart. We can’t do it without you.” The “you” the FMCSA is referring to is trucking…

Transference Phenomena and Sexual Relations with a Therapist

Transference phenomena is a common phenomenon that occurs between patients and doctors. It is particularly prone to occur in cases involving patients and therapists. The laws are very clear that in cases involving transference phenomena that jeopardizes the well-being of the patient, the patient should be referred immediately to another provider. This is absolutely critical…

Transference Phenomena in the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Transference Common in Doctor Patient Relationship Transference phenomena is a common phenomenon that occurs between patients and doctors. In a nutshell, the patient projects emotions and feelings associated with past relationships upon the doctor. Doctors also carry the weight of their past relationships and experiences. This leads to counter-transference where the doctor may unconsciously suffer…

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