2024 Legislative Priorities

Overwhelming evidence shows that when we address the underlying causes of criminal behavior, we reduce crime and increase public safety. Our current system falls short when it comes to providing the support needed to avoid recidivism and succeed. It is time we work to heal New Mexico families and communities by prioritizing access to treatment, expanding diversionary programs and other evidence-based alternatives to incarceration.

To reach these goals New Mexico should pass legislation that:

  • Increases community-based substance use disorder and mental health treatment.

  • Invest in housing support for the un-housed and formerly incarcerated people.

  • Fully fund the Law Offices of the Public Defender.