Public Safety

“THERE ARE SOLUTIONS RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR FACE”: Press Conference and Summit Focus on Violent Crime and Finding Solutions

On Tuesday, Attorney General Raúl Torrez held a press conference to talk about violent crime, gun violence and policy solutions that could make a difference. He said the event’s primary purpose was to “elevate the voice of front-line police and prosecutors” in policymaking. “I am profoundly upset and, frankly, angry about the lack of progress …

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“WE’RE GOING TO TAKE IT HEAD-ON”: Bernalillo County DA Announces New Approach to Shoplifting

At a press event yesterday, Bernalillo County District Attorney announced a new focus on shoplifting and organized retail crime, along with new tools and strategies for fighting them. A new state law allows for misdemeanor shoplifting cases to be aggregated so they can be prosecuted as felonies; it also creates a new crime of organized …

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CLOSE CALL: Inmate Cuts Off Ankle Monitor, Shows Glaring System Weaknesses

If you followed the local news last week, you probably saw the KRQE story about the Albuquerque murder suspect, Trey Bausby, who cut off his ankle monitor and was on the loose for more than two days – and nearly a full day before the Albuquerque Police Department was even aware he was missing. Bausby is a …

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“A WEDGE IN THE REVOLVING DOOR”: Governor Pledges Support for an Important Pre-Trial Detention Change

Last week, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham addressed the state’s persistent violent crime problem and said creating a rebuttable presumption of detention for certain crimes could “put a wedge in the revolving door.” If enacted, those arrested for serious and particularly violent crimes would be presumed to be dangerous. They would be held in jail pre-trial, …

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“PASSIVE MONITORING”: KOB Reporting Shows No Evening, Weekend Supervision of Defendants out on Pre-trial Release

In an alarming story that aired on KOB-TV just days ago, KOB reporter Chris Ramirez found that the 2nd Judicial District Court’s Pretrial Services Division does not actively monitor the GPS data from defendants who are released from jail ahead of their trial and ordered to wear an ankle monitor. We’ve shared the disastrous consequences …

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Rape Suspect Accused of Another Sexual Assault while on Ankle Monitor

In our last edition of News and Views, we highlighted a local news story about a man who fatally shot another man while on bail. Unfortunately, we’re back with another story of our state’s broken pretrial detention system. Over the weekend, Angello Charley, accused of sexual assault last fall and released under with a GPS …

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