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Parole official: State needs more housing for ex-inmates

May 17, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Parole Board’s chairwoman says the state should invest in more residential treatment centers and transitional housing for people recently released from prison.

Chairwoman Sandy Dietz’s comments came during a state public safety task force meeting Thursday.

The task force of judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, and corrections officials convened by the Legislature is expected to recommend changes to how state spending on crime fighting.

Dietz indicated the inadequate number of supportive housing and treatment options for ex-inmates transitioning back into society has resulted in some violating their parole and quickly ending up back in prison.

Officials at the meeting also say the lack of housing options has resulted in hundreds of inmates remaining locked up past their expected release dates at an annual cost of $10 million to $12 million.

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