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Fathers Building Futures provides multiple supports, through 12 different domains, to fathers coming out of prison. At Fathers Building Futures, participants are equipped with soft skills, on the job employment training, parenting and life skills, family reunification strategies, financial literacy, individual and group mentorship, as well as paths to job certifications and sustainable career placement. We help break down the numerous barriers that the fathers face when returning home from prison.

NM now, more than ever needs programs like Fathers Building Futures to help with the national, and local data in taking part of lowering the recidivism rate, ensuring lives are being built for social, emotional and financial support.

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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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