Police & Prison

Tribal law enforcement boosted under bill proposed by members of Congress from the West

BY: - September 23, 2022

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers re-introduced legislation Thursday to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress begins to consider how to respond to a July Supreme Court case that complicated state-tribal criminal jurisdiction. The bill, introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego […]

Tribal leaders testify before Congress about sovereignty in legal systems

BY: - September 21, 2022

Sovereignty on Native American land is being attacked by the United States’ highest court, leaders from various tribal nations told members of Congress this week. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta earlier this year allows state prosecutors to take over criminal prosecutions for crimes that occur on Indigenous nations, and it’s causing confusion […]

U.S. government failed to properly count deaths of people in prisons and jails, Senate report says

BY: - September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice did not properly count nearly 1,000 deaths of incarcerated people in jails and prisons, according to a bipartisan report released Tuesday by a U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.  The 10-month investigation by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff, found […]

Republican AG candidate to remain on the ballot after his NM residency is challenged

BY: - September 20, 2022

Barring any appeal, Republican Jeremy Michael Gay will remain on the ballot for New Mexico Attorney General, a District Court judge ruled on Friday. Former Bernalillo County Commissioner James Collie had asked the court to order Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to remove Gay’s name from the ballot, alleging he has not lived in […]

Black and Hispanic man killed by APD over lawfully owned firearm

BY: - September 15, 2022

A trio of Albuquerque Police Department officers shot and killed a Black and Hispanic man who was lawfully keeping a gun in his car and was cooperative with them during what was supposed to be a welfare check at a gas station in August, according to a witness and an attorney for the man’s family. […]

ACLU calls on Biden’s Homeland Security secretary to close the ICE detention center in Estancia, NM

BY: - September 12, 2022

The American Civil Liberties Union is again asking the head of the Department of Homeland Security to close more immigration detention centers, including the Torrance County Detention Facility in Estancia, N.M. In a Sept. 6 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, two senior ACLU staff pointed to Torrance as a stark example of appalling […]

Republican AG candidate, NM secretary of state have days to prepare for hearing

BY: - September 12, 2022

The Republican candidate for New Mexico attorney general and the state’s top election official have less than a week to prepare for a hearing on whether the GOP contender really does qualify to be on the ballot. First Judicial District Court Judge T. Glenn Ellington on Friday ordered candidate Jeremy Michael Gay and Secretary of […]

Complaint: Republican candidate for state AG hasn’t lived in NM long enough to run for office

BY: - September 8, 2022

A former Bernalillo County official alleged on Wednesday that the Republican candidate for New Mexico attorney general has not lived in New Mexico for long enough to be qualified to run for the office. Jeremy Michael Gay, of Gallup, is running against Democrat and Second Judicial District Attorney Raúl Torrez to become the state’s highest-ranking […]

Advocates seek to make prison work voluntary

BY: - September 8, 2022

Prisoners making license plates is a popular stereotype, but most of the nation’s 800,000 incarcerated workers hold jobs more similar to those on the outside: They cook and serve food, mop floors, mow lawns and cut hair. Unlike other workers, though, the incarcerated have little say, if any, in what jobs they do. They face […]

Lawmakers to consider throwing out fees for traffic tickets and criminal charges

BY: - September 2, 2022

Whenever someone gets pulled over for a traffic violation or charged with a low-level crime in New Mexico, extra fees generate millions of dollars for the government each year. But the state’s judicial branch wants to get rid of them entirely, because they disproportionately impact poor New Mexicans and sometimes cost more to collect than […]

Brazilian asylum-seeker who died by suicide held in ‘horrific conditions,’ attorneys say

BY: - September 1, 2022

A Brazilian asylum seeker who died by suicide while being held by immigration officials in New Mexico was detained indefinitely and had been unable to get clear or consistent information about when he would be removed from the prison, according to attorneys monitoring conditions inside. Kesley Vial came to the U.S. from Brazil seeking protection, […]

Complaint says Cibola detention and ICE neglected an asylum-seeker, leaving him injured by shackles

BY: - August 31, 2022

Deportation seems imminent for a man seeking asylum in the U.S. who is being detained in New Mexico.  A legal fight was launched in mid-August to get him released or at least delay his case on grounds of medical neglect, physical abuse and due process violations while he’s been held in Cibola County. But the […]