How New Mexico can foster second chances

  • Shannon Alford
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The New Mexico prison population stands near 7,500 inmates. Nearly all these individuals will be released and will face many challenges as they rejoin their communities, one of which will be finding a job. Unfortunately, this task is made much more difficult by nonsensical state laws.

This is why our organizations — the Foundation for Government Accountability and ACLU of New Mexico — were recently together in New Mexico along with a bipartisan group of legislators, business leaders, and advocates to discuss a promising and necessary policy change: improving New Mexico’s occupational licensing regime.

Adopting reforms to state occupational licensing laws can make it easier for people with criminal records to find work and integrate back into society, strengthening New Mexico’s workforce and economy and making its communities safer.