Bryant Furlow, New Mexico In Depth

A public health journalist and frequent contributor to The Lancet's medical journal news desks, Bryant Furlow's previous reporting has included investigations into racial profiling at an Albuquerque maternity hospital, lax state regulation of the health insurance industry, rural ambulance response times following EMS budget cuts, the nursing home industry's fight against pandemic response plan requirements, and the off-label sedation of jail inmates with prescription psychiatric drugs — a practice that led to a regional street trade, overdoses and deaths in northern N.M. He covered the COVID-19 pandemic through 2020 for New Mexico In Depth and ProPublica, and racial disparities in school discipline in 2022, as part of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. Contact Bryant at [email protected] or text/Signal him at (505) 440-0055.

NM Attorney General seeks control over state response to Yazzie-Martinez

By: - September 8, 2023

New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez wants to take over the state’s “slow progress” in reforming public education to ensure all children are sufficiently educated as required by a landmark 2018 court ruling. The judge in that lawsuit found the state had violated the educational rights of Native American, English language-learners, disabled and low-income children. “There […]

Attorney general to investigate school discipline at Gallup McKinley County Schools

By: - August 31, 2023

New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez is opening an investigation into disproportionately harsh punishment of Native American children by Gallup McKinley County Schools. New Mexico In Depth and ProPublica reported in December that Native students are expelled from New Mexico public schools at a much higher rate than other children, and that Gallup McKinley, with the largest […]

Growing number of NM schools pursue restorative justice to keep kids in schools

By: - August 21, 2023

On a brisk February morning with snow on the ground, children arrived at Tsé Bit A’í Middle School in Shiprock, on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico. Word in the hallway was something was afoot: Substitute teachers were waiting in each classroom. The children’s 35 regular teachers were spotted, sitting in a large circle […]

Torrez: School discipline disparities would be priority for new civil rights division

By: - March 21, 2023

New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez wants the Legislature to make explicit his power to investigate possible civil rights violations in New Mexico, with a focus first on children, including racial disparities in school discipline and problems at the state’s troubled child welfare department. Torrez cited recent reports of a “pattern of disparate penalties or […]