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 John Acosta and John Jamison / NM News Port Undocumented University of New Mexico (UNM) student Felipe Rodriguez takes out his pen and notebook and begins taking notes while his psychology professor starts lecturing about questions that will arise in the upcoming midterm. After about five minutes, Felipe starts losing concentration, worrying and wondering […]
By Kris Klarer, Fin Martinez, and Mia Clark / NM News Port A bill in the 2017 New Mexico legislative session seeks to make punishments for repeat DWI offenders more severe by preventing them from purchasing alcohol in the state. House Bill 271, sponsored by representative Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert (R-NM), would ban second-time DWI […]
By Aaron Hagler & Ebony Romero / NM News Port Human trafficking cases are increasing in frequency globally and New Mexico is no exception, seeing a 40 percent increase locally in just the past year. Organizations around the state and Albuquerque metro area tasked with fighting human trafficking are working together along with law enforcement to […]
By Ricky Garcia / NM News Port Marc Calderwood, like many other residents in the Paradise Terrace neighborhood of Albuquerque, originally turned to the Nextdoor app for area recommendations and community conversation but recently found out his neighbors are using the app for something more serious — to report crime. “We’re done with this [theft], […]
By Oritsema E-Nunu, Andrea Leblanc, Maelene Soto / NM News Port ALBUQUERQUE, NM– Sexual assault reports increased by 900% this year, causing a massive backlog at the University of New Mexico; an unintended consequence of the policy recommendations of the U.S. Department of Justice involvement from 2014 University officials at the Office of Equal […]
Over 2 Decades of a Flawed Criminal Justice System By Pauly Denetclaw, Christina Rodriguez and Kateri Zuni / NM News Port ALBUQUERQUE N.M. — It has been 25 years since the Navajo Nation was forced to close all its jails because they were deemed “not fit for human occupants” – yet the problems persist. To […]
By Marielle Dent and Elizabeth Sanchez / NM News Port President Donald Trump’s moves ramping up immigration enforcement in the United States are causing concern for some University of New Mexico (UNM) students, including Selene Vences-Ortiz, a junior majoring in psychology, who is currently registered under DACA – the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]
By Aaron Hagler & Ebony Romero / NM News Port Hundreds of New Mexicans gathered at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe in January in support of protecting the state’s public lands and in opposition to a U.S. bill proposing to sell off federal land in New Mexico and nine other western states. “I think we […]
By Angelica Sarene Clayton / NM News Port Over the past several years, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has been able to keep its homicide clearance rate around a steady 80 percent. But halfway through fiscal year 2017, APD’s clearance rate sits at 65 percent, 15 percent below average. The homicide clearance rate is that […]
By Maya Holt & Kris Klarer / NM News Port New Mexico is in the grip of a statewide opioid epidemic. New Mexico drug overdose deaths involving opioids have nearly quadrupled since 1999, according to the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). In the last five years, over 2400 people died from drug overdoses attributed […]
By Danielle Prokop / NM News Port Over 400 attended the Albuquerque city council meeting on Wednesday night to watch the passage of Memorial 17-4, voting 6-1 to reaffirm the Duke City’s status as an “immigrant-friendly” city. “A woman stood up here, toddler in hand,” Councilor Pat Davis (d-6) said, referencing a speaker who had addressed […]
By Kris Klarer and Fin Martinez / NM News Port Sixteen months into a court-monitored police-reform effort, the City of Albuquerque still has a long way to go. That’s the word from Paul Heidle, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico. “We have a lot of respect for police officers, […]