Our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy have changed. We think you'll like them better this way.

New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot (Part One: Powder Keg)

  • Broadcast in Entertainment



Follow This Show

If you liked this show, you should follow Unresolved.

Throughout the 20th century, the New Mexico State Penitentiary earned a reputation of being, ironically, a lawless place - where violent and non-violent prisoners were forced to co-exist in cramped and deplorable conditions.

Violence was constant, and certain cell blocks were allowed to run rampant over others. To make matters even worse, the prison's revolving door of wardens through the 1970's kept implementing changes, but just ended up creating vacuums... which were only ever filled with apathy and disorder.

This eventually reached a head in the final days of 1979, when rumors of a vicious uprising began spreading through the facility. Prison officials thought nothing of it at the time, but in the early morning hours of February 2nd, 1980... the powder keg could no longer be contained.

Part one of three


Written, hosted, and produced by Micheal Whelan

Learn more about this podcast at unresolved.me

If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron


Music Credits

OKAM vs ps - "Understanding the Limits of Symbiotic Echolocation"

Parvus Decree - "First Encounter"

Murmurous - "Fathom"

Other music written and composed by Ailsa Traves