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"Addressing Excessive and Extreme Youth Sentencing in New Mexico,” at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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Sunday, November 13, 2022, 10:00am

Denali Wilson and Abby Long will be reporting on the work being done to end life-in-prison and long adult sentences for children in New Mexico. This includes the Second Chance bill, which would prohibit life sentences without parole for juveniles under the age of 18. The bill, which did not pass in the last session, will be reintroduced in 2023.

Abby Long has been working in the social work field for thirteen years. She has worked in many capacities at several different organizations throughout her career. She became passionate about youth justice through her personal experiences with her teenage son and the carceral system. Her son was facing the very real possibility of spending the rest of his life incarcerated for a crime that he committed at the age of fourteen. He was lucky and will receive a second chance but there are so many others that will not unless something changes in our state. Long, along with many other advocates and loved ones continue to raise awareness of these issues, empower and support loved ones, and pass legislation that will provide all young people with a second chance. 

Denali Wilson is an advocate and attorney at the ACLU of New Mexico. She works from Las Cruces, her hometown. In the courts and before the state parole board, she represents people across the state serving long adult sentences for crimes committed when they were children. In the state capital, she works with the families of those she represents to fight for change in law so that those serving long adult sentences for crimes committed as children have the second chances they deserve.

There are speakers on the patio if you wish to enjoy the service outside.

This Sunday there will be a Children’s Religious Education program. Parents are invited to bring children four years old and above to attend youth-led classes. Ninth grader Ivy Stephens-Etheridge, a former CRE student, will read a story and lead a lesson on the theme of “Fairness” this Sunday.

UUFSC Safety Protocol as pursuant to our most recent UUA Guidelines:

We will not be serving food or drinks in the building until further notice. Masks will still need to be worn at all times indoors and out, except when eating or drinking. We will continue to serve refreshments on the patio, weather permitting. Visitors are always welcome.

Location 3845 N Swan Street
Silver City New Mexico 88061

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