Otero I Honored to Be a Part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Otero County Prison Facility in Chaparral, New Mexico, was given the honor of participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run in response to their efforts to raise money for Special Olympics. Only select partners who have a significant history and impact on their contributions to Special Olympics and the athletes who participate are given the privilege of being a part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

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Otero County Prison Facility Participates in Law Enforcement Torch Run

“I can tell you for a fact,” says Oscar Solis, agency manager of the Law Enforcement Torch Run of New Mexico, “you’ve made lives of Special Olympic athletes, in your area and across the state, better. So, what we have committed to do is to make sure that you are honored and your agency is honored with a flame of hope torch.”  

Organizers of the event say the Otero County Prison Facility is the only prison facility or detention center that is raising money for Special Olympics. They’re hoping to model the MTC prison’s fundraising efforts at other correctional facilities.

Robert Ochoa is the prison facility’s chief of security who is critical to the coordination of the fundraising efforts that take place.

“We raise money every year,” he explains. “Recently, we started getting inmates to help us to raise money as well. So, it is not just staff raising money, but also inmates helping us out.”

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Otero County Prison Facility

Oscar Solis is impressed. “When the inmates see that they can contribute to a good cause,” he says, “and these officers, these COs, are willing to do this with them, that inspires that inclusive community; that inspires that thinking bigger than yourselves. This is something positive for our community, and this is something that changes lives for the better. And, so, we are proud to present you, Otero County Prison Facility, and thank you, Captain Ochoa and everyone there, for your dedication to our athletes. And congratulations.”

About Otero County Prison Facility

Otero County Prison Facility is accredited by the American Correctional Association—
achieving 100% compliance for both mandatory and non-mandatory standards in
its most recent audit. Other accreditations and certifications include the Correctional
Education Association and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).