Tours of New Mexico’s former penitentiary are once again underway.
Corrections officials say they want to use the facility near Santa Fe as a historical attraction. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the public tours resumed earlier this month on Oct. 4th and 11th, quickly selling out. New tours will continue this coming Friday and Saturday and cost $10.
In an interesting twist, the prison offers free tours Oct. 25 for those who were involved in the prison’s famous riot in 1980. This includes survivors, first responders, and religious leaders directly affected by the rioting.
Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel says officials want to hear the individuals' perceptions about the riot in which 33 inmates were killed and the time around it.
People on the public tours will also have a chance to give their feedback.