In 2017, we launched Justice New Mexico, exploring crime and justice issues facing our state. We emphasize a mix of spot news, data reporting, profiles and in-depth multimedia features.
We’d like to thank our partners at the Asian-American Journalists Association and their CJ Project team for helping initiate and support this effort.
By Jeff Proctor and Elaina Jameson / NM In Depth / From traffic stops to incarceration rates to drug arrests, New Mexico trails other states and the federal system in collecting key criminal justice data, particularly on race and ethnicity, a New Mexico In Depth analysis has found. And despite a push from state lawmakers […]
By Bethany Johnson / NM News Port / Lawmakers in New Mexico are seeking to change the Children’s Code when it comes to prostitution and human trafficking. The Prostitution as Delinquent act is a bill that proposes several changes to the Children’s Code in New Mexico. The Children’s Code is New Mexico’s code of juvenile […]
Vanessa R Martinez / NM News Port / Ten years have passed since the grisly discovery of serial graves that put Albuquerque in the national headlines. Police, local leaders and the victims’ families are still looking for a resolution to the West Mesa murders. Since that cold February day in 2009 when the first remains […]
By Elaina Jameson/ NM In Depth / Warren Rivera walked out of federal prison nearly two months ago after serving about seven years for his conviction on a charge of illegal firearm possession. First on the 40 year old’s list: Get a job. As a “person who has totally changed his life,” Rivera fired off […]
By Bethany Johnson / NM News Port / If you noticed red X’s on people’s hands Thursday, February 7, that’s probably because they were part of Shine a Light on Slavery Day, when the issue of human trafficking is brought to the public’s awareness. The campaign is organized by the End It Movement. Through this […]
By Vanessa R Martinez / NM News Port / It’s now been ten years since the bodies of 11 women were found buried on the West Mesa of Albuquerque. To this day, the case remains unsolved. The Discovery On February 2, 2009, a woman walking her dog along the West Mesa came across what appeared […]
By Sky Willard and Nash Reynolds / NM News Port / Amidst increases in property and violent crime in New Mexico from 2016 to 2017, the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) showed a significant drop in the number of reported rapes statewide. However, in the Albuquerque metro area, all crime stats, including rape, were […]
By Taylor Rains, Brooklyn Green, and Alea White / NM News Port / Nonprofits in New Mexico are playing a crucial role in helping children who have been affected by parental incarceration. Child well-being is a hot topic in New Mexico. In 2018, the state was ranked last, behind all 49 other states in overall […]
By Amy Byres / NM News Port / Sexual assault survivors and other supporters gathered in Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, to show solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford after her testimony this week against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Organized by New Mexico Women’s March 2018, the open mic rally invited women […]
By Taylor Rains, Brooklyn Green and Alea White / NM News Port / One in 10 children in the state of New Mexico have at least one parent that was or is incarcerated. Jacob Chavez is a New Mexican who has had both parents behind bars. On Sept. 5, 2018, Chavez met for an […]
By Sky Willard and Nash Reynolds / NM News Port / Demonstrators gathered in Albuquerque’s Roosevelt Park on Saturday, Sept. 8 to condemn inequality in modern penal institutions and show solidarity with prisoners. Speakers and musicians performed atop a platform decorated with orange jumpsuits and banners with messages like “Free Dad!” and “No Youth In […]
By Christina Rodriguez / NM News Port / Nationally it has been a waiting game for Dreamers — young undocumented immigrants — since President Trump ordered an end to the DACA program last September. Politicians and the courts continue to hash it out leaving many Dreamer’s feeling restless and disappointed. Despite this Dreamers and allies […]