Police & Prison

State-level police reforms around the country may point the way for local lawmakers

BY: - October 1, 2021

Forty states have laws and requirements around how police use tear gas and other chemical agents and projectiles known as less-lethal munitions. New Mexico is not one of them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures database of policing legislation. Protesters against police violence and racist policing are familiar with those weapons if they […]

Lessons from Chicago organizers on gunshot-detection tech being used in ABQ

BY: - September 30, 2021

Albuquerque officials have been touting ShotSpotter as a solution to gun violence and other kinds of crime in the city, but organizers opposing the technology’s use by Chicago police say it is just part of a broader system of police surveillance and irresponsible spending of public money. ShotSpotter is an acoustic gunshot detection technology that […]

Prosecutors clear hurdle in suit against New Mexico Civil Guard

BY: - September 28, 2021

A New Mexico state court ruled that a lawsuit accusing a right-wing militia of impersonating police during a protest last summer can move forward. And attorneys handling a related criminal case against a former Albuquerque city council candidate who shot a protester that day expect to go to trial next month. On June 15, 2020, […]

Prison Rat

BY: and - September 28, 2021

LaDonna Evans was serving a nine-year sentence for a drug conviction at the Northwestern New Mexico Correctional Facility when moving day came. State prison officials took the 42-year-old Tucumcari resident and a handful of others from what was the women’s prison to a new, remote location several miles north on the very eastern edge of […]

New Mexico imprisons people at a higher rate than some countries

BY: - September 24, 2021

A new report shows that New Mexico imprisons people at a higher rate than most U.S. states and every other country in the world, and there is little correlation between high incarceration rates and violent crime. The Prison Policy Initiative found that New Mexico incarcerates 773 people per 100,000 total population, and if one imagines […]

Should Albuquerque’s fledgling Violence Intervention Program be the model for New Mexico?

BY: - September 23, 2021

A year and a half after the launch of Albuquerque’s Violence Intervention Program, questions linger about whether it is reducing shootings in the city and should serve as a model for similar programs in other parts of New Mexico. Albuquerque’s program, started in March 2020, identifies people who are at the highest risk of being […]

Officials unveil their agenda to fight crime in Albuquerque

BY: - September 22, 2021

Albuquerque police leadership and New Mexico lawmakers released a slate of proposed reforms they believe will reduce violent crime in the city and around the state. But local organizers say the proposals represent a series of steps backward. Officials with the Albuquerque Metro Crime Initiative released on Sept. 21 a “crime-fighting agenda” of 40 separate […]

Remembering Nikki Bascom

BY: - September 21, 2021

Not long after a 17-year-old Nikki Bascom gave birth to her son, someone gave her a letter. It was about how the mothers of disabled children are chosen by God and given extraordinary skills to raise them. “That was Nikki,” said her mother Karri Dalton, who found the letter in a box at her home […]

Albuquerque police still sweeping homeless camps, despite CDC guidelines

BY: - September 17, 2021

Richard Murray and Terryn Paul both like to draw. Sitting on the grass at Wells Park near Downtown Albuquerque on Sept. 16, they read books, smoke cigarillos and sharpen colored pencils using a knife with a pearlescent handle. They’ve been living unsheltered on the city streets for five years, repeatedly missing chances to get housing. […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

Lawmaker: APD ‘tied their own hands’ with class-action jail settlement

BY: - September 16, 2021

A Democratic state lawmaker and former prosecutor says he sees a connection between rising violent crime and a 2017 settlement prohibiting Albuquerque police from arresting people accused of some misdemeanor crimes. In 2017, the city of Albuquerque settled with people incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center who sued more than two decades earlier — in […]

COMMENTARY

Black Lives Still Matter

BY: - September 3, 2021

Every time a Black person is murdered, I am keenly aware that it could have been me, my son or any of my family members.   On Aug. 30, 2019, Elijah Jovan McClain’s life was cut short at the young age of 23 after an encounter with the Aurora Police Department in Colorado. The Aurora Police […]