On March 17, 2023, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed SB64 into law, making New Mexico the 27th state to end life without parole as a sentencing option for children and giving life and long-sentenced youth who have experienced positive transformation an opportunity for release. This victory was the result of over five years of relentless advocacy led by the family members and loved ones of those serving these excessive and extreme youth sentences.

(De)serving Life was born from this policy campaign, and now provides the services we know to be necessary to ensure a meaningful opportunity at parole for those impacted and to invest in the success of people as they return home to our community. Together, we are building the bridges for people to go from serving life to living it.

News Archive: The Fight to End JLWOP in New Mexico

(De)serving Life: A community led parole preparation project for New Mexico

How New Mexico’s Second Chance law will actually be used

July 07, 2023 / Source New Mexico

“Just an Opportunity to Come Home”

Illinois, Minnesota, and New Mexico this year abolished sentences of life without parole for juveniles. Now comes the hard part.

June 29, 2023 / Bolts

Offering Second Chances asks us to expand our circle of compassion

Bringing people home after they’ve committed harm doesn’t throw out public safety, advocates say.

March 28, 2023 / Source New Mexico

With Second Chances signed into law, advocates want better programming on the inside

People change despite prison, not because of it, advocates say

March 27, 2023 / Source New Mexico

Second Chance law represents a chance for transformation, healing

How one mother of an incarcerated teenager came to advocate for other families

March 24, 2023 / Source New Mexico

Juveniles Locked Up for Life Will Get a Second Chance in New Mexico. But the State Must Locate Them First.

A new law will grant parole hearings for prisoners given life or long sentences as children. But our reporting showed that New Mexico officials weren’t aware of at least 21 “juvenile lifers” in the state’s custody.

March 22, 2023 / Pro Publica

New Mexico Has Lost Track of Juveniles Locked Up for Life. We Found Nearly Two Dozen.

New legislation would require the New Mexico Corrections Department to help schedule parole hearings for prisoners given life sentences as children. But the agency wasn’t aware of at least 21 “juvenile lifers” in its custody.

March 10, 2023 / Pro Publica

N.M. Supreme Court reaffirms children’s capacity for change

As lawmakers prepare for final vote on Second Chance bill, state Supreme Court highlights children’s redemptive potential

March 7, 2023 / Source New Mexico

NM Senate moves to abolish life without parole for children sentenced as adults

Offering a ‘flicker of hope,’ some Republican senators convinced to support Second Chance bill

February 23, 2023 / Source New Mexico

February 5, 2023 / Albuquerque Journal

Second Chance bill has better chances to pass than in previous years

Santa Fe DA backs legislation and prosecutors’ group to stay neutral following negotiations, further compromise

January 30, 2023 / Source New Mexico

Advocates press to give juveniles a ‘Second Chance’

Santa Fe DA backs legislation and prosecutors’ group to stay neutral following negotiations, further compromise

December 27, 2021 / Albuquerque Journal

Life behind bars

Kids serving decades for violent crimes

September 24, 2019 / Searchlight New Mexico