- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The state’s top Corrections Department official says all of New Mexico’s prisons are on lockdown and no prisoners are being transported between correctional facilities as state police investigate what led to the escape of two inmates last week from a transport van.

Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel also said Monday that all inmates in the state are being interviewed amid a broad, in-depth review of the state’s prison system.

The escape of inmates Joseph Cruz and Lionel Clah has raised a series of questions about prison security. Authorities say the two fled a fortified prisoner transport van last week as guards stopped at an Artesia gas station.

Cruz was convicted of first-degree murder, and Clah is serving time for armed robbery and other crimes.

They were taken back into custody over the weekend in Albuquerque.


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