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 Sarene Clayton and Jacob Leyba / NM News Port Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor has written about some of the most notorious criminal justice cases in New Mexico. “Writing has always been the way that I access the world,” Proctor said. Proctor says he has been writing ever since he could remember — about anything […]
By Oma E-Nunu, Andrea Leblanc and Maelene Soto / NM News Port “It’s insane what’s right in front of our faces if we just look,” said Bobbie Waller, a former drug addict who grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico. “So many people pass away alone on the streets without any help.” Waller speaks from her […]
By Maya Holt, John Jamison and Brittany Perez / NM News Port A $2 million settlement was reached between an Albuquerque establishment and a grieving mother in August 2016. Los Lunas resident Patricia Peña sued the local bar after her son died due to severe injuries he received in a car crash after allegedly being […]
By Marielle Dent and Elizabeth Sanchez / NM News Port Federal Probation Officer Aaron J. Givens specializes in helping female offenders and offenders with mental health issues. A typical day for him is a non-stop run of answering emails, attending job search meetings, making at-home visits to clients and conducting community outreach events at the […]
By Pauly Denetclaw, Christina Rodriguez and Kateri Zuni / NM News Port Reports of poor jail conditions suggest there is still work to do 25 years after attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit against the the Navajo Nation corrections system. T.J. Holgate, executive director of DNA Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm offering free civil legal […]
By Kris Klarer, Mia Clark and Fin Martinez / NM News Port The family of a woman killed in a drunk driving collision feels stuck in legal limbo as they wait for the offender to be brought to justice. It’s been almost a year since Eloise Armijo, 53, was struck and killed by a drunk […]
By John Acosta and Brenna Kelley / NM News Port “I just want to live a sober life, away from drugs and the streets,” said 29-year-old Diane Monique-Rodriguez, who has a history of drug abuse and was recently re-incarcerated for two and a half weeks. “Now I’m just trying to get on my feet and […]
By Natalie Baca, Vanessa Espinoza and Tamara Lopez / NM News Port “You never really feel like you have a life other than there,” said Wes Hathoot, referring to his job as a correctional officer in Bernalillo County’s Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), the largest local jail in New Mexico. “It kind of makes you feel […]
By Melorie Begay, Lauren Nitschke and Angela Shen / NM News Port After spending 18 months in prison, Ere Maldonado has come a long way from selling drugs and stealing cars. “Before I went to prison I was running around selling drugs, pimping, stealing cars, stealing drugs, you know everything that comes along with that,” […]
By Angela Shen and Alissiea Hernandez / NM News Port Lieutenant Ferris Simmons’s office is full of photographs– pictures of her with citizens she’s helped, her family, her mentors, and some of her colleagues. These snapshots are surrounded by newspaper clippings, awards, and children’s artwork. Each piece embodies her driving philosophy: to leave the world […]
By Megan Aguilar and Skylar Griego / NM News Port Roberto Rosales, a photographer for the Albuquerque Journal, kneels to the ground in front of a new roadside memorial on the northeast corner of Eubank Boulevard and Indian School Boulevard. His expression is mournful as he photographs the memorial’s items, including a teddy bear and […]
By Christian Marquez and Kevin Maestas The “Two Sides To the Same Story” project from Heading Home aims to raise awareness surrounding the struggles of homelessness by reminding the community that not every story is as it seems. The project exposes that there is more than one side to the complex circumstance of homelessness, requires […]