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 Celia Raney / NM News Port / In the same way social media allows some people to see photos from their aunt’s cruise or friend’s baby shower, it allows others to advertise, buy and sell drugs undetected. Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, even Tinder; these apps are downloaded onto smartphones everyday, and most people use […]
By Ally Rael and Madison Spratto / NM News Port / In response to the seemingly relentless mass shootings in the United States, one Central New Mexico Community College student spoke out against the violence through his art. Gerald Lovato, who was enrolled in Art Practices Two for the Spring 2019 semester, created an installation […]
By Vanessa Martinez / NM News Port / Some desolate areas of Valencia County have become dumping grounds for the county’s unwanted dogs. Valencia County is no stranger to being on the list of the worst counties for animal cruelty. The county has made headlines due to their issues with dog fighting in the past. […]
By Celia Raney / NM News Port / Andrew Gunn is a philosophy student at UNM. He is experiencing homelessness. On February 19, when the University was closed for a snow day, Gunn was found sleeping in a practice room in Popejoy Hall by two UNM Police Department officers. Most universities, including the University of […]
By Amy Byres / NM News Port / New Mexico’s high number of missing and murdered indigenous women will be a topic of focus at an upcoming meeting featuring Annita Lucchesi, the executive director of Sovereign Bodies Institute. This event will be held April 4 at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in the Science […]
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 […]