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Democratic lawmakers renew push for parole changes

Democratic lawmakers renew push for parole changes

The Associated Press
July 09, 2019 01:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Lawmakers are renewing their push to reform New Mexico's parole system, saying it's beset by flaws that cost the state tens of millions of dollars and often denies inmates a chance at successfully integrating back into society.

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A legislative committee heard testimony Tuesday about a series of proposals, including one that won legislative approval this year but was vetoed by the governor.

Sponsors say that proposal would require the parole board to provide a written explanation when deciding to deny parole to inmates who have become eligible for a chance at release after a 30-year sentence.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, told lawmakers the bill was built upon "sound policy," but said all stakeholders should participate in the conversation about the bill.

Prosecutors across the state had expressed concerns about the measure.

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