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“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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PRE-TRIAL RELEASE: Latest Data Shows Too Many Crimes Committed Under Court Supervision

Last week, the Administrative Office of the Courts presented the latest pre-trial release data to the state Legislative Finance Committee. The study identified 3,595 cases that ran their course in four judicial districts — which did not include Bernalillo County — between October 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, where the defendant was not detained …

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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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