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 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 […]
By: Sarah Ihlefeld, Andrew Lucero & Kevin Maestas / NM News Port The Albuquerque mayoral race is down to the wire, and while the candidates generally share common ground on crime, they voice competing views on other key topics. State Auditor Tim Keller and his opponent City Councilor Dan Lewis sat down with New Mexico News Port to […]
By Nichole Harwood / NM News Port New Mexico ranks 15th among the 50 states in a study of Women’s Equality. The study was conducted by WalletHub, which compiled existing data from official, mostly government sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Women’s Law Center, […]
By Isaac De Luna and Victor Santos New Mexico is no stranger to a volatile economy, but it seems as though a recent decision from the Trump administration might deliver quite a heavy blow to the state’s much needed economic growth and stability.The USC Dornsife: Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration recently released an […]
By Nichole Harwood and Courtney Salinger/ NM News Port While a recent WalletHub study showed that New Mexico has the second-worst school system in America it also revealed that New Mexico schools excel in a very important area — the prevention of bullying. Analyst Jill Gonzalez revealed that New Mexico has the 9th lowest bullying […]
By Katherine Whiting and Melorie Begay/ NM News Port Despite allegations of mistreated players and compromised drug tests leveled against University of New Mexico head football coach Bob Davie, the UNM Athletic Department doesn’t seem phased. NM Fishbowl first reported the allegations leveled at Davie by unnamed sources in September. UNM spokesperson Cinnamon Blair confirmed […]
By Sophie Wickert / NM News Port / ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The City of Albuquerque needs to work with federal monitor Dr. James Ginger — not attack his integrity — to reform a broken Albuquerque Police Department, according to the police reform advocacy group APD Forward. In a press conference outside police headquarters, APD Forward […]
By Naydeen Dajani & Haneen Khatib/ NM News Port The grandparents of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, the Albuquerque girl who was raped, murdered and mutilated last year, have filed a lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Department. The civil suit alleges that Victoria Martens’ death could have been prevented had APD followed up on a referral from […]
By Jazzy Zama and Sarah Ihlefeld / NM News Port A lot of factors play into New Mexico’s low high school graduation rate, which, at 71%, is one of the lowest in the country, according to the New Mexico Public Education Department. These factors include truancy, lack of classroom engagement, trouble at home, poor performing […]
By Courtney Salinger / NM News Port Shoplifting continues to plague merchants around the country and here in Albuquerque. It’s even led to the enactment of new retail crime laws. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, over $13 billion of retail products are stolen yearly in the U.S. That’s an estimated 550,000 […]