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.
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, […]
By John Jamison / NM News Port The 2017 session of the New Mexico State Legislature has seen at least a half dozen bills introduced to tighten up ethical standards and bring more accountability to state political figures. New Mexico is one of only 10 states that does not currently have an ethics commission, according […]
By Ben Francisco and Allison Giron / NM News Port There are more than 5,000 sexual assault examination kits sitting untested in New Mexico, but Senate Bill 7 now under consideration in the state legislature provides money to test these kits in the fiscal year 2018-2019. Bill 7 is currently sitting on the Senate Finance […]
By Brittany Perez / NM News Port In August of 1999, Lisa Guerrero, 30, and her brother Eddie Guerrero, 20, were shot in their car parked on Sunny Slope Rd. in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s South Valley. Both died that day. Now considered a cold case, 18 years later the Guerrero case is once again being […]
By Jacob Leyba and John Acosta / NM Newsport Reckless drivers in New Mexico will not receive harsher penalties for vehicular homicide, at least this year. This topic was addressed in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Tuesday Jan. 31. NM State Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) sponsored a bill in the 2017 legislative session […]
By Brenna Kelley & Ricky Garcia / NM News Port Tish Tyler is no different than her neighbors in the Enchanted Hills neighborhood of Rio Rancho. She is concerned about crime. “Our mailboxes have been broken into, several times,” Tyler said. “Reading the paper, I’ve noticed that it seems to be happening all over […]