We believe that an effective criminal justice system protects people and preserves public safety, respects human dignity, restores victims, removes barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records, and ensures equal justice for all under the law.
Recently introduced legislation, SB 247, gives the New Mexico parole board an opportunity to weigh individual circumstances and make a parole decision accordingly while allowing reformed men and women an opportunity to succeed.
Currently, juveniles can be sentenced to life without parole. This bill mandates the parole board provide an incarcerated individual who was sentenced for offenses committed under the age of 18 with a meaningful opportunity to rejoin their community.
Urge your lawmakers to provide second chances for those who have earned them and support SB 247!