In 2018, America’s average violent crime rate was 342 crimes per 100 thousand people and the average property crime rate was 2306 crimes per 100 thousand people. New Mexico’s violent and property crime rates were significantly higher than the national average by 57 and 35 percent, respectively(1).
At 57 percent, New Mexico has the fourth highest recidivism rates in the country(2).
In 2018, New Mexico’s poverty rate was the second worst in the nation at 19.5 percent. While the U.S. state imprisonment rate decreased by 7 percent between 2000 and 2016, New Mexico’s imprisonment rate increased by 31 percent(3).
Substance abuse related cases have also grown significantly. Technical parole violations have played a significant role in driving New Mexico’s overall prison population. In a sample of parole files closed in 2016, 67 percent of parolees violated conditions at least once; among violations, 75 percent we substance use or absconding. In total, 43 percent of parolees had their parole revoked and were sent back to prison after an average of 2.7 violations in the course of about a year. As of 2013, 85 percent of people under the New Mexico Corrections Department Jurisdiction were reported to have substance abuse problems(4).
1 State Recidivism Comparison, Statistical Analysis Unit, Virginia Department of Corrections, 2017 2 United States Department of Justice, 20193 United States Bureau of Justice Statistics, Correctional Statistical Analysis Tool, 20184 Blueprint for Smart Justice New Mexico, American Civil Liberties Union, 2018
We provide HOPE For Tomorrow
Mentorship and Navigators
Start mentoring while incarcerated by utilizing phone and video visitation
Navigators act as care coordinators to assess and connect returning citizens with resources
Creation and implementation of a 72-hour plan for a stable community release
Help On Demand
Access to our help hotline phone number while incarcerated and after release
"First-day pack" upon release with essentials
Use of Certified Peer Support Workers
Ongoing training for providers in working with Justice Involved Individuals
Mental health and substance abuse counseling
HiSET high school equivalency prep and testing
Vocational skills classes including basic productivity software, coding and advanced technology leading to certification
Investigations into poverty
Long-term financial planning and education