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


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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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