New Mexico Bail Reform

View excerpts and links to media stories related to the Bail Reform issue in the state of New Mexico. All news article link to their respective news sources.

Law and order: Crime, bail reform expected to be hot topics during session
On the heels of a record-shattering year for homicides in Albuquerque, violent crime appears poised to be a major topic of debate during this year’s 30-day legislative session. House Democrats from New Mexico’s largest city announced a comprehensive “crime-fighting” package in September that would include changes to the state’s bail reform law, expanded mental health treatment programs and increased criminal penalties.

Albuquerque Journal

You can’t blame bail bondsmen for this mess
This is two days in a row that the editor of the Albuquerque Journal has written a piece on crime and bail reform. I’m starting to think that maybe there is a problem here with crime. After all, if the editor can figure this out then why can’t the N.M. Supreme Court? The court set this whole problem up by changing the Rules of Criminal Procedure, and now we are waiting for “guidance” from it? The rule changes cut the jail population in half (and) made release on recognizance “a promise to appear” the preferred method and basically only option used for releasing someone from custody.
The Albuquerque Journal