Tag Archives: prison

The Line: Private Prisons Profiting From Detaining Immigrants

June 29, 2018 – Two private prisons in New Mexico that have made significant profits from detaining immigrants have also contributed to the campaigns of some of the state’s elected officials. After a New Mexico In Depth article printed the names of donation recipients, some of them said they would make donations of the same amount to charitable organizations. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel debate the ethics of that move. They also examine the multi-million dollar business, in often deplorable conditions, of immigrant detention.

Line Panelists:

Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR

Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican

Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter

Stephen Spitz, host of New Mexico People Places and Ideas on KUNM

The Line: Serving Parole In Prison

February 2, 2018 – In New Mexico, many prison inmates remain incarcerated despite being eligible for parole because they are waiting for a bed in a residential treatment program or halfway house. Inmates may also be held past their eligible parole date due to incomplete paperwork and administrative backlogs. For some, this “in-house parole” may last their entire parole term. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel discuss the problem and debate possible solutions.

Associated Press Article by Mary Hudetz – New Mexico holds hundreds of people in prison past their release date

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Sophie Martin, attorney
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator