Governor Bill Richardson Announces $250,000 Recovery Act Award For Juvenile Justice


SANTA FE -- Governor Bill Richardson today announced a $250,000 federal stimulus award to restore budget cuts to juvenile justice community programs, including efforts to give New Mexico's youth alternatives to incarceration.

The discretionary award from the Government Services Fund will support programs in 18 New Mexico counties by restoring a $250,000 budget shortfall. Examples include Teen Court, substance abuse programs and other efforts to rehabilitate New Mexico youth.

“My administration has demonstrated a strong commitment to redesigning the juvenile justice system,” Governor Richardson said. “The funding associated with this grant will provide prevention and intervention services, so that our youth will have the opportunity to make choices that are positive.”

The award will be managed by the state Children, Youth and Families Department. The department works with Juvenile Justice Continuum Boards comprised of local leaders in cities and towns across New Mexico to administer the programs.

“It is important for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system to have opportunities for rehabilitation,” Secretary Bill Dunbar of the Children, Youth and Families Department said. “This grant will provide funding for programs that will deter youth from more serious offenses that could result in incarceration.”