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 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 […]
By Victor Santos and Isaac De Luna / NM News Port The International District, in southeast Albuquerque, has been called the “war zone” for its enduring crime problem. An issue which only got worse between August and October of this year. According to APD and CrimeMapping.com, from August 7 to October 7, 2017, Vehicle Break-in/Theft cases […]
By Kevin Maestas and Andrew Lucero / NM News Port Albuquerque voters will return to the polls on November 14th, to decide a forced runoff election between the two top vote-getters in the October 3rd mayoral election. The two finalists are NM State Auditor Timothy Keller and Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis. From the crowded […]
By Angela Shen and Alissiea Hernandez / NM News Port When people dismiss their better judgment and find themselves in court, they might choose to hire a pricey attorney as opposed to a public defender. “The phrase ‘f— it’ has made us a lot of money,” private criminal defense attorney Ousama Rasheed said. If defendants […]
By Nathan Barnes / NM News Port Albuquerque police are asking residents of the Northeast Heights area to keep working with them to make neighborhoods safe. As they do in meetings around the city, APD officers used a Sept. 12 meeting of the Northeast Area Community Policing Council to offer crime prevention tips and […]
By Marco Woods / NM News Port The number of APD-involved crashes rose 46 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to a presentation by T.J. Wilham, manager of Albuquerque’s Real Time Crime Center, during the Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Board meeting on Sept. 21st. APD’s Real Time Crime Center is a part of APD’s Investigative Bureau […]
By Jazzmin Zama, Sarah Ihlefeld and Andrew Lucero / NM News Port Albuquerque youth programs have been putting a dent in juvenile crime referrals in recent years. The number of juvenile cases was cut in half between 2009 and 2016. According to the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD ) 2016 report, a […]
By Nichole Harwood / NM News Port Albuquerque, NM — On July 12, 2017 local bakery Golden Crown Panaderia was broken into, two thieves caught on camera lifting a handful of cash and two bottles of vanilla syrup. The owner, Chris Morales wants to reach out a helping hand. In his own research, he […]
By Cayla Montoya-Manzo / NM News Port The University of New Mexico’s Mandatory Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training, is a sexual assault awareness program, which has reached approximately 15, 500 of UNM’s 25, 000+ students. “That’s far better than we were expecting,” said Heather Cowan, UNM’s Title IX Coordinator. Cowan’s job is to assure the University […]
Katherine Whiting & Melorie Begay / New Mexico News Port This fall, the University of New Mexico Police Department is prompting a smartphone application to help students feel secure on campus. The Guardian App was actually rolled out earlier this year, but has yet to get wide usage. The phone app allows students to set […]