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Contrary to national trends, the female prison population in New Mexico has been increasing, exceeding projections and capacity of the prison. Nationally, the number of women in prison in the US grew 14.1% from 2002 – 2011; in New Mexico the female inmate population grew by 18.7% during that time period.

Currently 58 women are housed in the men’s prison; while 50 women on in-house parole are waiting to be released.

NMWJP committed to improving the conditions for women incarcerated in prison in NM by addressing overcrowding, women approved for parole not being released and ensuring gender and trauma appropriate services.

  NMWJP conducts research to identify the specific problems that prevent women from successfully transitioning back into the community following incarceration
  NMWJP serves on numerous task forces and commissions to help develop policies that support the needs of women and their children
  NMWJP works with prosecutors, judges, criminal defense organizations, legislators, medical professionals and community stakeholders to ensure that women are treated humanely and fairly by the criminal and juvenile justice systems
  NMWJP works with the media and community groups to educate the public about the unequal treatment of women in prison and the benefits of treatment over incarceration