Report: 52,000 New Mexico youth have had parent imprisoned

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A new report says 52,000 children in New Mexico have had a parent serve time behind bars at some point in their lives.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Monday shows New Mexico is one of a six states where 10 percent of youth have a parent who has been incarcerated.

Only Kentucky and Indiana had higher rates. The national rate is 7 percent.

The non-profit New Mexico Voices for Children says the report underscores the need for reforms that could include directing judges to consider the impact a sentence could have on a defendant’s child, and measures aimed easing a parent’s reentry into society after prison.

State Department of Corrections figures show there are currently more than 7,000 inmates in the state’s prison system.

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