×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Skip to main content
Tags: Law Enforcement | crime | safety | defund the police | new mexico | special session | legislature

New Mexico GOP Wants Emergency Legislative Session on Crime

a map of the midwest of the united states with a pin drop on chicago reading crime scene
(Pamela Brick/Dreamstime)

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 09:16 PM

Leading Republican state legislators in New Mexico are calling for immediate reforms to enhance sentences for violent crime and place new limitations on pre-trial release from jail in response to violent crime in Albuquerque.

The lawmakers urged Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday to call a special legislative session to "send a strong signal that criminals will be held responsible."

A letter from House Republicans including minority leader James Townsend of Aztec and Rebecca Dow of Truth or Consequences calls for reconsideration of 11 GOP-sponsored bills on public safety that were rejected in 2020 and 2021 by the Democrat-led Legislature.

The GOP legislators describe state bail reforms as a failure and call for a new move toward mandatory minimum sentencing.

Grisham said Monday she will open up the 30-day legislative session in early 2022 to consideration of criminal justice proposals that expand the number of law enforcement officers and increase penalties for crimes involving firearms.

Albuquerque has surpassed its annual homicide record already in 2021, having logged more than 80 killings with four months still go in the year. The previous record was set in 2019.

The spate of killings has moved public safety concerns to the forefront of the November election in Albuquerque, where Democratic Mayor Tim Keller is seeking a second term. Challengers include Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales.

New Mexico did away with a money-based bail system in 2017. Prosecutors who want a suspect detained while awaiting trial must present evidence showing he or she poses a public safety threat.

© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


US
Leading Republican state legislators in New Mexico are calling for immediate reforms to enhance sentences for violent crime and place new limitations on pre-trial release from jail in response to violent crime in Albuquerque.
crime, safety, defund the police, new mexico, special session, legislature
254
2021-16-18
Wednesday, 18 August 2021 09:16 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved