Correctional Officer Jesse Vigil maintains the safety of the employees and inmates at Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Grants, New Mexico. Vigil joined CoreCivic in 1998 and has held other roles throughout his time with the company. In addition to his full-time job at CoreCivic, Vigil serves alongside his wife as a foster parent to children in need within their community.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
When I arrive to the facility at 5:30 a.m., I make my rounds within the facility to monitor the security of the building, making sure that everyone is safe. While doing so, I interact with inmates and staff.
What do you enjoy most about working in corrections?
At times, the role of a correctional officer can be challenging. But, I remind myself that I get the opportunity to serve as a role model for inmates to follow. I enjoy watching inmates adopt positive behavior patterns and apply them to their own lives.
What are some of the ways CoreCivic is helping to reduce recidivism?
CoreCivic recently implemented the Go Further process at Northwest New Mexico, a program designed to help inmates create long-term goals while equipping them with the tools needed to achieve. This program helps inmates see beyond the now, instilling in them the desires to do something greater after release.