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 Danielle Prokop with Celia Raney / NM News Port / SUNLAND PARK, N.M. — After waiting behind caution tape and waving through a fence for more than an hour, families from the U.S. and Mexico finally got what they were waiting for — three minutes with their families through the steel rods of the […]
By Justina Grant and Cayla Montoya-Manzo / NM News Port / “If we’re able to change a life, just one life, it makes it worth it,” said Sebastian Martinez, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico. Martinez announced a new program that aims to pair young people with mentors […]
By Jazzmin Zama, Katherine Whiting and Sarah Ihlefeld / NM News Port / Spending your childhood in foster care is no easy feat, neither is aging out of it. According to the National Foster Youth Institute more than 23,000 children will age out of the U.S. foster care system every year upon reaching the age […]
By Angela Shen and Alissiea Hernandez / NM News Port / Between teaching a law school class and conducting pre-trial interviews, Heather LeBlanc finds some time to pump breast milk. “I try to block off time, because what’s important to me is I have two kids that go to daycare and one who just started […]
Justina Grant and Cayla Montoya-Manzo / NM News Port Child poverty affects New Mexico more than any other state. While the share of children living in poverty in the U.S. decreased one percent from 2015 to 2016, New Mexico experienced a one percent increase from 2016 to 2017, putting the state’s child poverty at 30 […]
By Angela Shen and Alissiea Hernandez/ NM News Port When non-English speakers find themselves in the court system, they should, according to due process, have the right to a court-certified interpreter. In New Mexico, that’s not always the case. According to Naomi Todd-Reyes, a court-certified Spanish interpreter, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is […]
By Haneen Khatib and Naydeen Dajani / NM News Port With the holidays come more packages delivered to house doors, but New Mexicans may also expect more of those packages to be stolen. Package theft is a growing problem as more people increasingly rely on the convenience of online shopping and direct home deliveries. New […]
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles on DACA recipients, published in partnership with the Daily Lobo. By Amy Byres / NM News Port When she was just 2-years-old, Daniela Fry immigrated to the United States from Mexico with her mother. And her life changed dramatically when former President Barack […]
This article was first published on New Mexico In Depth and has been republished with their permission. By Marjorie Childress, New Mexico In Depth November 15, 2017 State Auditor Tim Keller landed strong in his bid to be Albuquerque’s next mayor, sweeping up just under 62 percent of the vote last night in an election […]
By Courtney Salinger / NM News Port Faced with the worst poverty rate in the nation, one New Mexico nonprofit organization is trying to make a difference. The Albuquerque-based Locker #505 demonstrated its ability to channel public support for low-income children by hosting a Halloween Carnival clothing drive at the Sheraton Hotel in Albuquerque. Some […]
By Cayla Montoya-Manzo and Justina Grant/ NM News Port As news breaks of New Mexico prisons nearing capacity, data show a strikingly high rate of growth in female incarceration rates. The New Mexico Sentencing Commission presented its 2017 Prison Population Forecast to the Legislative Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee in early September. The commission’s report […]
By Katherine Whiting and Jazzy Zama / New Mexico News Port The University of New Mexico’s Athletic Department has been buried in debt over the last decade and owes millions to Lobos . The athletic department reportedly has failed to balance its budget for eight out of ten fiscal years. In October, the New Mexico […]