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The Line: New Constitutional Amendment Proposed for Public Safety

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May 24, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the perception by many Burqueños that the city is a dangerous place in which to live, and debate Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez’s proposed constitutional amendment that would make it easier to detain certain people accused of a crime before they’re found guilty.

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First

For Further Reading:

BernCo DA unveils plan for defendant detention – by Katy Barnitz and Elise Kaplan, Albuquerque Journal

District Attorney Torrez introduces pretrial detention proposal – Rebecca Atkins, KRQE

Albuquerque shaken by crime – by Daniel J. Chacón, Santa Fe New Mexican

State Police role in ABQ questioned – by Elise Kaplan, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Bail Bond Reform Fallout

NMiF: Bail bond reform

November 3, 2017 – It’s only been since June that the new court rules created by New Mexico’s judiciary went into effect, but there is already a call from Governor Martinez and others to “repeal and replace.” Those rules followed an amendment to the state’s constitution, approved by the voters last year, that reshaped the state’s old bail bond system. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel debate whether the fault lies in the amendment itself or in the court rules – or it it’s too soon to tell.

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Diane Snyder, Former State Senator