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Students with special needs, Equal pay initiatives, The Line

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This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Sarah Gustavus leads a discussion about discipline of students with disabilities or special health needs. Matthew Bernstein, an attorney with Pegasus Legal Services for Children, and Alvino Sandoval, program manager for EPICS, share their professional knowledge about the legal rights and challenges that families face navigating the needs of their children in schools.

The needs of working families are a key area of focus for our 2016 election coverage. This week, correspondent Stan Wilson sits down with Pamelya Herndon, executive director of the of the Southwest Women’s Law Center, to talk about equal pay initiatives at the state and national level.

Host Gene Grant leads a discussion with the Line panelists on the Department of Justice’s decision to stop using private prisons for federal inmates, and what the implications might be for state prisons. The Line also discusses Governor Martinez’s announcement that she will pursue reinstating the death penalty during the 2017 legislative session.

Guests:
Pamelya Herndon, Southwest Women’s Law Center
Matthew Bernstein, Pegasus Legal Services for Children
Alvino Sandoval, Education for Parents Of Indian Children with Special Needs

Correspondents:
Sarah Gustavus
Stan Wilson

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Andy Lyman, reporter with NM Political Report
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com

Host:
Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 1009 airs August 26, 2016 at 7:00pm on Ch.5.1

ACLU of New Mexico, Author Ana Castillo

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This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with Peter Simonson from the ACLU of New Mexico to discuss the treatment of inmates in prisons and jails across the state. Host Gene Grant leads a discussion with the Line panelists about the recent release of use of force on an inmate in the Metropolitan Detention Center. The Line also discusses the controversy over t-shirts printed by a local restaurant with the line “Black Olives Matter.”

Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with author Ana Castillo to talk about her new memoir “Black Dove.” Castillo writes about feminism, parenthood, mass incarceration and police brutality.

Guests:
Ana Castillo, author of the memoir “Black Dove”
Peter Simonson, ACLU of New Mexico

Correspondents:
Sarah Gustavus
Megan Kamerick

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
Alicia Manzano, Strategies 360

Host:
Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 1008 airs August 19, 2016 at 7:00pm on Ch.5.1