Apodaca v. Rodriguez – Case Brief Summary (New Mexico)

In Apodaca v. Rodriguez, 84 N.M. 338, 340, 503 P.2d 318, 320 (1972), the Court adopted the Tenth Circuit's policy toward prison regulations:

"We have consistently adhered to the so-called 'hands off' policy in matters of prison administration according to which we have said that the basic responsibility for the control and management of penal institutions, including the discipline, treatment, and care of those confined, lies with the responsible administrative agency and is not subject to judicial review unless exercised in such a manner as to constitute clear abuse or caprice upon the part of prison officials." Id.