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Memoranda of Understanding Signed


Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 25, 2011

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On January 24, 2011, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield signed separate Memorandums of Understanding with New Mexico Corrections Secretary Lupe Martinez and Colorado Department of Corrections Director of Finance and Administration Karl Spiecker. With these memoranda, INL and the States of New Mexico and Colorado renew their federal-state training partnership in corrections.

INL and the Corrections Departments of New Mexico and Colorado have been working in partnership to provide training for prison staff from various countries, including Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and Brazil. The partnership with New Mexico focuses on certifying correctional academy instructors for these nations so that these instructors have the skills necessary to train their personnel in modern correctional practices through their training academy. Our partnership with Colorado focuses on providing training in modern prisoner classification systems, correctional management, probation, and prison design.

By working in partnership with the Corrections Departments of New Mexico and Colorado, INL has been able to utilize the expertise within these departments to deliver essential training to foreign prison personnel. This training is a central piece of INL’s corrections assistance programs funded under the Foreign Assistance Act and enhance the Bureau’s ability to carry out its mission to assist nations with developing and/or reforming their criminal justice systems.

INL has similar relationships with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the States of Maryland, and California.



PRN: 2011/100

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