New Mexico holds hundreds of inmates past their release date | Miami Herald

Joleen Valencia resisted the temptation to count her days to freedom, knowing that tracking the time only worsened the anxiety of serving a two-year drug-trafficking sentence inside a New Mexico prison.

After her sentence started in the spring of 2015, she wanted nothing more than to return to her family’s home amid mesas on a reservation north of Albuquerque and stay clean after recovering from a heroin addiction. Especially after her mother died and granddaughter had been born.

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Young, local boxers have chance at nationals competition

Joy Wang

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Inside an Albuquerque apartment complex is a boxing club that used to be a storage room.

Coach Alejandro Castillo works at as a maintenance man in the complex.

“These kids work really, really hard,” Castillo said. “People don’t really understand all the work they put into the gym. We work five days out of the week. These kids run on a daily basis. I mean, this is a lot of work that goes into the boxing training.”

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