Police & Prison

Critics cheer ruling against New Mexico militia

BY: - October 28, 2022

Critics of militias and armed far right groups are cheering a New Mexico state court ruling that prevents leaders of the “New Mexico Civil Guard” from acting as or organizing a paramilitary group, but they worry that the court victory was far from complete. A ruling this month by the Bernalillo County District Judge Eliane […]

Over 17,000 New Mexicans barred from voting in the midterms, report shows

BY: - October 27, 2022

The New Mexico prison system took 18 years of Kelly Garcia’s life. Along with all the other inhumane conditions on the inside, Garcia includes the fact that people in prison here cannot vote in elections. “My voice was muted for so many years,” she said. “I couldn’t vote at that time.” When she was still […]

Racism, reproductive rights and inflation top concerns for voters of color

BY: - October 25, 2022

Leaders from six national racial justice organizations presented polling data they’ve conducted that shows widespread concern about racism, reproductive rights and eroding economic stability, while also suggesting that voters are increasingly concerned that leaders from both political parties are becoming more out of touch with the realities they face. The data presented by the Advancement […]

Families searching for loved ones bring criticism of law enforcement to first Missing in NM Day

BY: - October 24, 2022

Rose Yazzie said it’s been months since she’s heard any updates about her daughter, Ranelle Rose Bennett. She disappeared in 2021.  Vangie Randall-Shorty is also waiting for a phone call with new information about her son, Zachariah Juwaun Shorty, who was killed in 2020.  Two mothers, bound by a trauma, were suddenly in front of […]

Candidates seem to move into middle ground in CD2 debate

BY: - October 23, 2022

Republican incumbent Rep. Yvette Herrell and Democratic challenger Gabe Vasquez came together to debate issues concerning voters on Friday on KOB TV in the tightest of the state’s three Congressional races. Following redistricting, the 2nd Congressional District includes parts of Albuquerque as well as the whole of the border with Mexico and many communities that […]

Costs of incarceration rise as inflation squeezes inmates, families

BY: - October 12, 2022

Across the nation, prison commissaries are raising prices on items that many consider basic necessities — from deodorant to fresh fruit — not provided by the state department of corrections. The markups come as decades-high inflation is also squeezing inmates’ families, making it harder for them to help.  It’s a burden that families shouldn’t have […]

Federal prisons ‘riddled with mismanagement’ probed by U.S. Senate panel

BY: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee grilled the top leader of federal prisons on how the agency would address staffing shortages and reports of abuse of incarcerated people.  “The Bureau (of Prisons) has been riddled with mismanagement and, sadly, with scandal,” said the chair of the committee, Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin. Durbin […]

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. […]