Sample E-mail Template to Legislators (please be sure to personalize your e-mail): 

To find your legislator visit:  www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_search.aspx

***Use “Please Support HB40 to end Private Detention in New Mexico” in the subject line***

Dear [name of legislator],

As a constituent in your district, I am writing to urge you to support HB 40, The Private Detention Facilities Moratorium Act sponsored by Representative Angelica Rubio and Representative Karen Bash, that would prohibit the operation and management of detention facilities by private contractors in New Mexico. Depriving a person of their liberty should not be done for profit. [Insert personal sentence of why phasing out private detention is important for you and/or your community]

Banning private prison contractors is a step in the right direction for the well-being of New Mexico. Private prisons are bad for workers, bad for people who are incarcerated, bad for crime rates, bad for the health of communities and bad for taxpayers. And for-profit private prison corporations can pull out of contracts with just 90 days notice, leaving local communities to fill the void. HB40 provides time for communities and the state to assess local impacts and options and plan for a just transition away from private prisons.

Private prison contractors have a track record of committing civil and human right abuses, including rampant sexual abuse and medical neglect, and have created public health threats through their mishandling of COVID-19. Private prison contractors also cut corners and are often understaffed, creating dangerous conditions for staff and those held in their facilities. These corporations have negative economic impacts on New Mexico and local communities. They pay lower wages, provide fewer benefits for workers and are not accountable to the state or taxpayers. [Insert local story or another reason this is important to you and/or your community]

I ask you to support HB 40, the Private Detention Facilities Moratorium Act. You have the power to advocate for people over profits.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to your support.

Sincerely, 

[your name]

[if applicable: title and organization]


Sample E-mail Template to Governor: 

Link to Send E-mail to Governor

***Use “Please Support HB40 to end Private Detention in New Mexico” in the subject line***

Dear Governor Lujan Grisham,

As a resident of [city/county] New Mexico, I am writing to urge you to support HB40, The Private Detention Facilities Moratorium Act sponsored by Rep. Angelica Rubio and Rep. Karen Bash, that would prohibit the operation and management of detention facilities in New Mexico by private contractors.  New Mexico has 15 prisons and detention centers representing 12,021 incarceration beds. Seven facilities are run by private prison contractors, representing 7,247 incarceration beds - 60% of the total. New Mexico is the state most reliant on private prison contractors in the country. [Insert sentence of why this is important for you and/or your community]

Depriving a person of their liberty should not be done for profit. Banning private prison contractors is a step in the right direction for the well-being of New Mexico. Private prisons are bad for workers, bad for people who are incarcerated, bad for crime rates, bad for the health of communities and bad for taxpayers. And for-profit private prison corporations can pull out of contracts with just 90 days notice, leaving local communities to fill the void. HB40 provides time for communities and the state to assess local impacts and options and plan for a just transition away from private prisons.

Private prison contractors have a track record of committing civil and human right abuses including rampant sexual abuse, medical neglect and have created public health threats through their mishandling of COVID-19. Private prison contractors also cut corners, creating dangerous conditions for staff and those held in their facilities. These businesses have negative economic impacts on New Mexico and local communities. They pay lower wages, provide fewer benefits for workers and are not accountable to the state or taxpayers. [Insert local story or another reason this is important to you and/or your community]

I respectfully ask for your support for HB40, the Private Detention Facilities Moratorium Act. As the Governor of New Mexico, you have the power to advocate for people over profits. Thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely, 

[your name]

[if applicable: title and organization]