- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico corrections officials are investigating how an inmate who escaped and was recaptured ended up at a minimum-security facility in the first place.

Ronald Martinez, 42, was arrested Monday in the Tome area after being reported missing from the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility Level Once Farm earlier that day.

The convicted felon had spent 16 years in federal prison for two armed carjackings before racking up his current charges for forgery and vehicle theft, The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1M9MwXY ). He was serving a five-year sentence and was admitted to the Los Lunas facility on Oct. 27.

Officials said it is unclear how Martinez was trusted in the “farm” area of the facility, where there are few security measures. For his escape, Martinez slipped out of his bed early Monday morning and wasn’t noticed to be missing until 5 a.m.

Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel said there is a points system in New Mexico prison where all inmates are assigned a level based on criminal history, behavior in prison and the time left on an offender’s sentence. The point system is used to determine where an inmate is placed.

“We have to look at how we derived the points system on this individual,” Marcantel said after Martinez’s arrest Monday. “If he legitimately met that point system, then we need to ask ourselves some questions.”

Marcantel said the escape is an opportunity for corrections officials to reevaluate policies.

“We’re going to comb through this thing with a fine-toothed comb to make sure we’re not missing anything,” he said. “We’re going to be as accountable as this young man is. And I can guarantee you he’s going to be accountable.”

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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