Police & Prison

No same-day registration and voting on Election Day in NM this year

BY: - October 11, 2021

Same-day voter registration won’t be available on Nov. 2, Election Day proper. Early voting has begun and voters can register at the same time they show up to vote early until Oct. 30, but same-day voter registration will not be an option on Election Day, KUNM reports. The Secretary of State’s Office is not asking […]

NM researcher: Variation in forms contributes to undercount of police killings

BY: - October 6, 2021

At least one-quarter of the people killed by police in New Mexico over the last four decades do not appear in official statistics, according to a study that made national headlines last week. Professor Jagdish Khubchandani at New Mexico State University helped with the international research on how police killings are reported. He said one […]

Families gather to speak for MMIW in Old Town

BY: - October 4, 2021

Pepita Redhair was the name and face on the flyer for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives awareness event in Albuquerque.  She wasn’t the only person with family demanding answers during Sunday’s event.  Shawna Toya. Ranelle Rose Bennett. Zachariah Juwan Shorty. Wilhelmina Denise Whitewater. Jamie Lynette Yazzie. Ella Mae Begay. All these people […]

Study: Official statistics under-report police killings in New Mexico

BY: - October 4, 2021

More than one-quarter of the people killed by police in the state were not included in official counts over the last four decades, according to a study released on Thursday, Sept. 30. Published in the Lancet peer-reviewed medical journal, the study found that 26.4% of people killed by police in New Mexico between 1980 and […]

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 […]