New Mexico location to be shown on A&E’s Most Dangerous Jobs

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A new reality show will give America a look at one of the most dangerous jobs in New Mexico.

It will debut Thursday night on A&E.

New Mexico State Penitentiary Officer, Carlos Rivera, spoke about his job.

“I have 48 inmates in each dorm so roughly around 150 inmates and there’s one officer, which is myself, watches them for 12 hours a day. Just me. That’s no one else,” said Rivera.

In 1980, the state pen was home to one of the most violent prison riots in US History.  22 inmates were killed, more than 200 injuries reported and 14 officers were held hostage. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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