New Mexico has both juvenile detention centers and reintegration facilities for youth offenders. New Mexico has embraced the Cambiar model, which focuses on rehabilitation and regionalization rather than on punishment and confinement. Their guiding principles for this method are:
The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Division of Juvenile Justice Services is the agency in charge of all youth detention facilities and all New Mexico juvenile detention inmate records. It is not possible to perform a New Mexico juvenile detention center inmate search online because juvenile records are kept sealed until the inmate turns 18. At that time, they have the option of applying to have their records expunged.
New Mexico runs group homes with a small number of youth offenders so they can experience individualized care and support. Along with education and rehabilitation studies, they also receive recreational time.
These facilities serve youth offenders on probation and those on supervised release. The inmates receive guidance along with 24/7 supervision. There are four JRC locations as listed below:
Some of the additional programs these types of facilities offer are:
Youth offenders in New Mexico age 10–17 are almost equally males versus females. Just under 60% of them are Hispanic, 25% are white, 11% are American Indian, and a small percentage are Black and Asian. The most common offense among youth offenders in New Mexico is battery, then drug charges, public affray, then stealing (most often shoplifting) and then alcohol charges, larceny or disorderly conduct.