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Returning Citizens

GOAL: To reduce recidivism through collaboration of community-based, faith-based, for-profit, not-for-profit, and government agencies that network, educate, nurture, train, and work with returning citizens (former prisoners) and their fthe families to prepare for successful transition into society as productive, law-abiding citizens of the community.

NM Correctional Statistics.  Compared to the rest of the nation, NM has a 50% higher crime rate;  13% lower incarceration rate; about 30% lower rate for those on probation or parole; and a cost per inmate that is 11% higher than the rest of the country. Download the report from the National Institute on Corrections.

Connecting Children with Incarcerated Parents. Why is it so important to ensure that children have consistent contact with incarcerated parents? What are best practices? What are the important roles that everyone involved play? Answers in this brief from UNM's Children's Law Center. 

For Families

Building family support is extememly important. Encourage activities that involve the whole family. Attend faith services together.  Limit time your children spend alone. Prepare meals together. Play board games together. Talk about goals and dreams.  These are all just a few ways to grow together. 

For Youth

Focusing on the youth today is very important.  Education, morals, setting goals and love are all extrememly important for children.   Reaching children early and teaching these things along with many more possitive influences will help break the incarceration cycle.


Children are affected daily by a parent or guardian that is incarcerated.  Statistics show the chances of a child growing up and following the pattern far to commom.  Community resoures and strong family support helps reduce this pattern.


There are many resources available to families and returning citizens for support and encouragement to help reduce Recidivism and break the family incarceration cycle.


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