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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 families to prepare for successful transition into society as productive, law-abiding citizens of the community.

Track 2017 LegislationThe NM Legislature's 60-day session began January 17th and runs through March 18th. Things happen fast!  Keep up to date on proposed legislation affecting Returning Citizens with THIS LIST. Click on the Bill Number to find current bill status and a PDF version of the bill. Click on the sponsor’s name and get a profile of the bill sponsor.  Bills will be added throughout the session. If you would like to add a bill to this tracking list please send bill number to

Housing Resources for Returning Citizens  Listing of housing options and resources for returning citizens, from the Returning Citizens Coalition.

Returning Citizens Blog Space.  Read and engage with blogs on the challenges and accomplishments in the lives of our returning citizens.

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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