ABOUT FATHERS BUILDING FUTURES

Fathers Building Futures (FBF) has been dedicated to supporting NM fathers returning home from prison. Ensuring that they are ready and confident to not only return home to their families but also to ensure these men will be job ready to return to New Mexico’s work force.  As an organizational outcome FBF fathers strive to become providers for their families, taxpayers, homeowners and contributing members of society

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Our Success Stories

Kevin is a successful homeowner and father of two, whose path to responsibility and took a few detours. He was in high school when his mother passed away and he ended up in the guardianship of his brother. His brother is a good person but enjoyed the “party” lifestyle.

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Our Statement

Fathers Building Futures is a social enterprise based in Albuquerque, NM. They are led by non-profit professionals as well as a team of formerly incarcerated parents who serve as mentors and supervisors to parents (mostly fathers) returning home from prison. 

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Our Program

It is no secret that racial minorities are overrepresented in the prison population compared to the total US population. According to Pew Research, in 2016, white Americans accounted for 64 percent of the total population, but only 30 percent of the prison population, with racial minorities accounting for the other 70 percent. It follows that families and children that are disrupted by a parent’s incarceration are primarily composed of racial minorities. 17 percent of Hispanic/Latino families will have at least one member of their immediate family incarcerated at some point.

The Prison Policy Initiative has parsed data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics that revealed America’s prisons are overflowing with people who have not had access to the economy or higher education, leaving them without access to good jobs prior to incarceration. They found that the median annual income of the prison population, pre-incarceration, is $19,185, which is about $4,000 less than 200 percent Federal Poverty Level (FPL), indicating a vulnerable population. 100 percent of FBF clients have income starting under 200 percent FPL, and with 54% of parents incarcerated being the primary breadwinners, their families are almost always vulnerable, especially the children.

The children are also affected by the prison mentality developed over years of harsh discipline from corrections officers performing their jobs. Often, the dads will see this heavy-handed approach to discipline as the only way, since it has been the only approach they have seen discipline meted out over years, if not decades. This will result in the dads taking this approach home and applying it to their children. One of the biggest focuses of our approach is to eliminate this mentality before it destroys already broken relationships.

The children of incarcerated parents are severely affected by the cycle of recidivism, which develops into a multigenerational cycle. 1 in 10 NM children will have a parent in prison at some point in their lives, and these children are seven times more likely to be incarcerated at some point than children of non-incarcerated parents. At FBF, we try to break that cycle by reuniting children with parents who have financial, social, and emotional stability. Our multipronged approach is aimed at creating a better, incarceration-free future for the children. Even though we only directly serve fathers over the age of 18, we also positively impact the entire families of the parents that we serve.
In FY 19, FBF’s client racial demographics skewed entirely to serving racial/ethnic minorities. 83 percent of our clients were Hispanic/Latino, 16 percent were African American or Black, and 16 percent were Native American.

The total U.S. prison population (state and federal) totaled 1,465,200 at yearend 2018. This was a decrease of approximately 24,000 prisoners over yearend 2017.  The federal prison population decreased in size for the sixth year in a row. There were 3,160 fewer prisoners under the jurisdiction of federal prisons in 2018 than 2017. At yearend 2017, the number of inmates held in federal prisons was 179,900. 

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