Department of Corrections program running again after inmate escaped

Raymond Ramirez
Raymond Ramirez

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The Department of Transportation says their maintenance crews were affected after an inmate’s actions temporarily closed a landscaping program.

Earlier this month, 59-year-old Raymond Ramirez was working with other inmates to landscape around state buildings in Santa Fe. He walked away but was captured later that day.

The Department of Corrections suspended the landscaping work detail. During that time, the Department of Transportation says their work crews have been on overdrive.

The program is now back up and running. Inmates in the work detail program do not have violent criminal histories. 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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