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 Ricky Garcia and Allison Giron / NM News Port “I know how it feels to be an outcast,” said professional dog trainer Joyce Spinden as she recalled a recent experience working with a teenager. Spinden says the teen found a bond with a pit bull dog — relating to its stigma. “I know how […]
Jazzy Zama and Sarah Ihlefeld / NM News Port Students at the University of New Mexico’s Lobo Village apartments question their safety as 11 car thefts and break ins have occurred in the gated community since August of 2016. Lobo Village is located a mile south of the University of New Mexico campus on Avenida […]
By Ben Francisco, Aaron Hagler and Ebony Romero / NM News Port New Mexicans facing the battle of reintegrating into society after incarceration are getting a helping hand from a community-based nonprofit organization in Albuquerque. Under His Construction (UHC) is a Christian-based organization founded in 2011 that provides housing, education and career development opportunities for […]
By Maya Holt / NM News Port An armed robbery near an Albuquerque apartment complex brought the residents together looking for ways to prevent future crime in their area. The meeting was held at Uptown Village, a gated housing complex near the ABQ Uptown shopping district. Crime Prevention Specialist Sharanne Press of the Albuquerque Police […]
By Sarene Clayton and Ben Francisco / NM News Port The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is making plans to build a new police substation in a troubled area of Albuquerque. Residents near San Mateo Boulevard and Kathryn Avenue have reported various crimes throughout the years, from burglaries to homicides. In the past two years, there were […]
By Jacob Leyba and Sarene Clayton / NM News Port The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has adopted an extensive social media plan to connect with the community, in part to build community trust per reforms mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Journalists and community watchdogs are reacting with concern. “It can be intimidating […]
By Mia Clark, Kris Klarer and Fin Martinez / NM News Port People worrying about the high drunk driving arrest rates in New Mexico are sounding the alarm over a steep drop in convictions. The crime of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a major public concern in New Mexico and has spurred legislation, media outreach […]
By Derek Bencomo, Briana Gomez and Sol Traverso / NM News Port There is a place where you can purchase unique custom woodwork, get your vehicle detailed, and have it power washed, all under the same roof. It is all made possible by fathers who are taking part in a community re-entry program, and their work brings in […]
By Ben Francisco and Allison Giron / NM News Port With the failure of Senate Bill 7 in the 2017 state legislative session, New Mexico missed an opportunity to make a dent in the backlog of untested sexual assault kits and still faces an uphill climb in solving its poor national standing in sexual […]
By Jacob Leyba / NM News Port “This was an attack that involved no Russian tanks, no Russian missiles, no Russian bullets,” New York Times reporter Scott Shane told a UNM audience, “this was information warfare that the U.S. had never experienced before.” Shane covered the Russian hacking on the 2016 presidential election since it […]
By John Acosta and Brenna Kelley / NM News Port Rio Rancho resident Nathan Hopper’s custom-made Corvette was stolen last month, leaving him out thousands of dollars. Hopper is just one of hundreds of people living in New Mexico who have recently become victims of motor vehicle theft, which continues to rise. “It was the […]
By Ricky Garcia / NM News Port Rio Arriba County continues leading the state in the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) with about 64 per 1,000 births in 2015. That is more than six times the state’s average. Socorro County leads with the second highest at 50.0 per 1,000 births, bringing […]