Police & Prison

COMMENTARY

Don’t make people enter the criminal legal system to access services

BY: - November 12, 2021

To promote its new Metro Crime Initiative, Mayor Tim Keller’s administration claims they are finding ways to better provide assistance to citizens in need. But in reality, Keller is setting up a system where people enter the criminal legal system in order to get access to mental health care, treatment for addiction and affordable housing. […]

Young and incarcerated: Part 2

BY: - November 11, 2021

Santana Serrano was convicted of murder, accused of helping her boyfriend kill another teenager when she was 17 years old. At trial, it was disputed whether she shared an intent to kill, and whether she handed him the gun or he grabbed it from her. Unless something changes, she won’t see outside the Grant’s women’s […]

Young and incarcerated: Part 1

BY: - November 10, 2021

One moment in a woman’s life when she was still a teenager might determine the rest of her future. Santana Serrano is serving a life sentence in the women’s prison in Grants for a murder committed by her then-boyfriend, DeAndre Gonzales. No one has disputed the fact that it was Gonzales and not Serrano who […]

FBI specialist translates info about MMIWR and hate crimes into Navajo

BY: - November 9, 2021

FBI agents in the Four Corners are adapting to Indigenous community needs by adopting traditional language specialists for field work that asks people for tips to help solve crimes.  Melinda Nakai (Diné) is an outreach specialist with the federal agency. Born in Gallup, N.M., she is also the first certified Navajo language translator with the […]

COMMENTARY

ABQ police union president makes a compelling case for defunding the department

BY: - November 9, 2021

Fall 2021 election season peaked, then dark-valleyed last week as pundits scurried to draw broader implications from local races. Much of that centered on initiatives spurred by the movement to defund police in favor of funding for public programs for preventing and repairing harms that feed the U.S. prison industry. A lot of attention fell […]

COMMENTARY

Why voters rejected plans to replace the Minneapolis Police Department

BY: - November 4, 2021

What have voters in Minneapolis rejected? The wording of the amendment was quite complicated. In essence, the amendment would have eliminated the existing police department in the city charter and replaced it with a Department of Public Safety charged with delivering “a comprehensive public health approach” to public safety, with the details of the new […]

All three Albuquerque mayoral candidates promise more police

BY: - October 27, 2021

While the three candidates for Albuquerque mayor have tried their best to differentiate themselves, there are at least two things they agree on: they say police are doing a good job, and they seek to put more money toward policing. Despite a historic protest movement last summer that called for the defunding of the Albuquerque […]

Police chiefs respond to concerns about bias and victim-blaming in MMIWR cases

BY: - October 25, 2021

Shelda Livingston and her family say the complicated background of her sister Pepita Redhair led Albuquerque Police Department officers to discriminate against her during their investigation into Redhair’s disappearance in March 2020.  “We feel like there was no investigation done, or completed, or even started,” Livingston said Thursday during a live radio program addressing missing […]

Juvenile justice advocates talk extreme sentences for young people

BY: - October 22, 2021

Carissa McGee entered the prison system at age 16 and wasn’t released until three months before her 25th birthday. Now she is co-founder of a grassroots nonprofit in Albuquerque called Women in Leadership, and says young people lack life experiences that would otherwise give them an understanding of the consequences that come from their actions. […]

Community safety responders train for their first weeks in the field

BY: - October 22, 2021

On the first floor of Albuquerque City Hall, in the former spot where people paid water bills in person, an actor is training the newest community safety responders. “Are you a narc? Are you here to get a fix? Why are you here? Who are you?” The actor addresses the woman who is in training, […]

Residents say new soccer stadium will raise rents and expand policing in Albuquerque

BY: - October 14, 2021

Albuquerque voters will decide Nov. 2 whether to borrow $50 million to help pay for a new stadium for the New Mexico United soccer franchise. The team’s owner and the city’s mayor have been promising economic benefits from the new facility. “This facility will draw fans from across the state for sporting events, concerts, and […]

Reported missing, but attention still absent

BY: - October 13, 2021

Mary Margret Begay from Grand Canyon, Ariz., has been missing since Aug. 2, 1957. Paul Benally from Winslow, Ariz., has been missing since May 1, 1972. Gloria Ann Talley went missing out of Albuquerque on June 19, 1986 and hasn’t been heard from since. These are just a few of the forgotten missing that advocate […]