Capitol Update for Thursday, February 7
Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, 02-06-19
Public opinion polls indicate that reducing crime and improving the state’s criminal justice system are major issues for many New Mexicans this Legislative session.
And, as Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse, an Albuquerque Senator is leading a bi-partisan effort to address the issues in 2019.
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Republican Sander Rue has been working in-between legislative sessions for the past several years trying to come-up with a comprehensive reform of New Mexico’s criminal justice system.
It’s a system that’s been attached by critics as a “revolving door,” with offenders—both violent and non-violent—seeming to be frequent flyers of sorts in the courts.
Rue says what’s before the Legislature this session is what’s called an “omnibus” approach:
The State Senate’s Courts, Corrections & Justice Committee and it’s House counterpart, the House Judiciary Committee will be the key panels considering crime bills this year. And Senator Rue is confident this time around.
New Mexico ranks high in recidivism and violent crime among surrounding states.
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge