Lawmakers plan to address crime ahead of upcoming legislative session | KOB 4

Lawmakers plan to address crime ahead of upcoming legislative session

Patrick Price
August 10, 2018 09:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico lawmakers met in Albuquerque to discuss next year’s legislative session and their plan for addressing crime.


The Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee met on Friday and listened to several different presentations.

"The CJRS has been meeting all summer and last year as well to come up with a package of bills for the upcoming session, educate our fellow legislators and prepare the governor for some new legislation," said State Rep. Antonio Maestas, D-Albuquerque.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, said he wants stricter penalties for violent offenders and better treatment options for people who need it.

"Are we putting the wrong people in jail? Should we be considering better assessments and evaluations for folks coming into the system, keep them out of prison, hopefully get them treatment and cut down on the recidivism rate?” he asked.

Maestas agreed, saying legislators need to ensure the criminal code is consistent.

"That violent crimes are penalized harsher than non-violent crimes," he said.

The subcommittee will meet again in two weeks, when they will begin to narrow their focus and decide what changes they want to officially propose.


Patrick Price

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